Paint your kettlebell Contest, first try
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.