April 2016

‘HONDA. GREAT JOURNEY.’ | PAINT INNOVATION

‘HONDA. GREAT JOURNEY.’ | PAINT INNOVATION

The modern take on the original ‘great migration’ was created to showcase the numerous technological advancements that have been championed by Honda, as well as its capabilities for designing vehicles for a multitude of environments.

Adam Searle Paint Supervisor

To ensure that the final models carried the vision created by the designers, Map, but also maintained the quality and discerning style of Honda vehicles, the paint team at Ogle had to get creative.

We’ve spoken to Paint Supervisor Adam Searle to understand how these never-before-seen finishes were created.

The challenges of the project

“There isn’t one definable challenge on this project, as each of the models really did need something different.  I think it’s probably better for me to talk you through three of the most complex finishes we created on the models:

Wood grain – this featured heavily in the decking seen on the models. We started with a white base on the parts then put a grain effect down using a normal paint brush that received a bit of a haircut to thin out the bristles.I then used a light brown colour which was thinned right down so that we could keep modifying it until the grain looked just right. The tinted lacquer on top brought everything together and achieved the wooden colour. There were two different wood colours needed for the models, both were done in the same way, but with different coloured grains and tints.

Netting – this finish took quite a lot of experimenting before we got it just right. I had the idea of using my grandma’s net curtains to achieve this look, but didn’t think she’d be too happy with me taking hers apart, so I sourced five different net patterns and sprayed them all to see which would be best. I settled on two different versions. One was for the hammock to spray the part black and then use the net to blast away some of the colour to reveal the pattern. The other was to lacquer all the SLA parts, so they were clear, and give it a light blast through, which achieved a more transparent finish.

The snow effect – the tyres on the Tundra needed to look as if they had been driving through snow.Once the final colour was applied, we used a piece of soft foam with white paint to brush into the tread. We then carefully brushed off the white paint from the top of the tread to give the overall effect.”

Your Ogle Factor

“Whether it’s blue-sky thinking or outside the box ideas, that’s the skill we brought to the Ogle Factor on this project. Machines are brilliant, so is the equipment we have here at Ogle, but sometimes you just need to get some inspiration and find some net curtains to deliver that bespoke look and finish. The ingenuity of the entire paint team can be seen in the intricate finishes on all seven models.”

The best bit?

“Lots of projects that come into the paint department need some experimenting, but it’s pretty unusual for us to have seven at the same time. It was brilliant to create so many different effects and then see what happens when the model makers brought them all together into a finished vehicle.”

 

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