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Paint your kettlebell Contest, first try

Posted in Kettlebells by Mike on March 10, 2007

Last weekend I did a little test run on my 4K kettlebell to see what I could learn about painting kettlebells.
KB4KPaint 

Today I took some of those lessons and painted my first kettlebell that I would consider submitting for the contest. I’m gonna show it off a bit and I’m gonna share more lessons learned to help anyone else in the contest.

I started todays painting with a dragondoor 16K kettlebell.
PlainKettlebell 

I mask the handle as before, remember, I’m keeping my handles black. It’s a choice. I strung it up as before and got to business.
16KMask 

I primed it up really well. One layer but pretty thick. It took about a minute and then I let it hang out for an hour.
16Kprime 

Next I laid on two layers of paint in short order. I laid on the red and then the orange hoping for a little mingling of colors. I think I got a bit of that but it doesn’t show up well in the photos. If the colors look pretty similar to my test run, well, that’s why I did the test run the way I did.
16Kbase

Now for the detail. This is something I didn’t test out so this was purely experimental. I wanted to mark up my bell with the Biohazard symbol. I had toyed with different ways to approach this. How big, with text, how detailed? In the end I went for a simplified version with no text and I’m glad I did. I also went for a pretty small version of the symbol. I printed the symbol from google imagaes and cut it out on normal paper. I used masking tape to keep it in place. I sprayed then moved on to the next one. I applied it a total of four times.
16KDetail 

This time I applied a layer of clear coat too. Then I let it dry for another half an hour and was done. I think I spent a total of 14 or 20 minutes painting and spent the rest of the 2 1/2 hours doing other things, just letting the paint dry. I’m pretty happy with the result and I learned a few lessons.
16KFinish2  16KFinish1  16KFinish

Lessons about kettlebell painting:
Primer is a good idea, it works.
Apply your base colors in the reverse order that you want them to be seen. Yellow with red highlights means apply the red then the yellow over it.
Clear coat makes the pain dry more quickly, it’s a great idea at the end of the process. Without it the paint takes all night to totally dry, with clear coat it takes about 30 minutes.
Stencils are hard to do well, keep it simple
The round nature of kettlebells makes large stencils very difficult, keep stencils less than 4 inches in diameter.
Stencils should be made from more than paper, poster board is a good idea, or possibly contact paper.

So that’s it, it didn’t take much work or time really. I got a shower and the dishes done in the mean time. I had the bell up at about 8:30 and down by 11:00. So get to work and start of your kettlebells.

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Throttle back

Posted in Gym Strength,Rest and Recovery by Mike on March 10, 2007

Stephen said it before I did but, I’m overdoing it a bit. I think next week I’m only gonna workout once or twice. I’m not feeling very good most days and motivation is hard to find.

In the mean time.  Last night was my shift at the gym.  I didn’t want to do too much due to strongman for tomorrow. I didn’t really write it down or anything so weights should be accurate, reps may not be.

jumprope, as much as I can for five minutes.
snatch to OHS 40K about 5
powersnatch 50K about 5
snatch 60K about 5
snatch 70K a bunch of misses
clean 70K about 5
clean 60K about 5
clean 90K about 5 misses

play with the kettlebells for a bit

military style bench
135 X 4
185 X 10

play with the kettlebells

waling lunges
135lbs 6 reps per side

play with kettlbells

I kept it pretty light and easy all night. I’m still feeling it a bit this morning though. I should be good by tomorrow.

Today I hope to paint my 16K kettlebell.

I hope my new compy comes soon, Fedex says early this coming week.

Oh and Americans, don’t forget to set your clocks forward this weekend.

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