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Square Mini

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Square Mini

I see a "Mini" around these parts quite regularly that is finished in a series of what look like six (or thereabouts) inch squares of the four primary colours -red, yellow, green and blue- It seems to be a mobile advert for a company near Heathrow. But, how is a finish like that done? presumably one of the colours is the base colour of the vehicle, but to get the rest of it painted must be a real trial of masking expertise, or is there another "trick" to it? Other Mini's seen have Union flag roof's etc.
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StickyMick
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Re: Square Mini

I suppose it's a similar method to the Swedish M/90 and M/90K splinter camouflage on the old Swedish Saab Viggen. As you say a base colour first, then it's built up in layers. I think each layer is masked prior to the next.
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Very often vehicles are simply 'wrapped' these days.
When you see vehicles with particularly detailed graphics, they've generally been printed onto vinyl and then applied to the vehicle.
Whether thats the technology used in your case, who knows, but its interesting enough to be link-worthy I reckon.
http://www.totally-dynamic.co.uk/go/what-is-vehicle-wrapping.html
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Thank you James, that looks as if it might be the answer. I was tempted to think that there may be something like this at work with my sample, but until you provided the link I wasn't aware the process actually existed. It must be a tricky job to get it applied properly. I suppose some vehicle shapes lend themselves to this better than others, the Mini being a "regular" shape, might be a bit trickier on something like a Hyundi Coupe though.
There has of course been specialist art work applied to cars and trucks for many years, but these are usually of the single emblem/mural type rather than the entire vehicle. Many of them are true works of airbrush art.
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Re: Square Mini

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I see a "Mini" around these parts finished in six inch squares of the four primary colours -red, yellow, green and blue-

I wouldn't be seen dead wearing such an outlandish creation. I couldn't find shoes to go with it Cheesy

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@Strat, I have a picture in my mind of you arriving at the track-day and, finding that "your" Ferrari had been vinyl coated with six inch multi-coloured squares, and you arguing that you couldn't possibly drive "that" because your shoes didn't match!!  Grin Grin
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Thanks Petlew. Whilst I would find the image of a Ferrari covered in multi-coloured squares somewhat distressing, at least its far better than that of a gentleman wearing the wrong colour shoes with his mini-skirt.
My other car isn't a Ferrari
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Even a person of indeterminate gender has standards to maintain Wink

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I, on the other hand hang on Gok Wan's every word Crazy

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