How to Draw Flames on a Car

November 8, 2023

Flames are a great way to make your car look hot and sexy. Whether you want your vehicle to be the center of attention or just add some extra flare, these flames are easy to draw and will instantly transform your car into a show-stopper. Follow this simple guide to learn how to draw flames on a car and you’ll be ready to show off your new custom paint job.

Start by washing the car to remove any dirt and contaminates that may interfere with the paint. Next, decide which colors you want your flames to be. Popular choices include red, orange, and yellow. Once you’ve decided, mark out your flame pattern with masking tape. This will protect the areas that you don’t want to be painted.

Draw the first flame by sketching an ellipse. The size of this ellipse will determine the size of the flame you’ll end up with on the car. Connect curves to the sides of this ellipse to create your flame shape. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the car to create a mirror image of the flames.

Now that you have your flames mapped out, sand the area that will be painted using 600-grit sandpaper. Be sure to wear a dust mask during this step. Once the sanding is done, use a pre-paint cleaner to remove any residual grease and wax from the panels.

Once the area has been cleaned, you’ll need to apply your base color. Allow this to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After applying your base coat, it’s time to add the flames. Depending on your preference, you can go with a linear or painterly approach to painting the ghost flames. If you choose the linear method, create a template of your design and mask off the areas that don’t need to be painted. If you prefer the painterly method, simply respray the panel with your flame design and skip the template steps.


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