Tuesday, 25 August 2009 17:08

Painting an Aluminum Baseball (softball) bat

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Painting a Softball Bat

For all of the softball fans out there that don't like the rules here is a quick how to for baseball bat modifications. In this demonstration I am going to turn my worth into a custom Jimmo bat. You could also turn your illegal mikken into a nice & easy synergy, a bit more stenciling involved.
Here is how we started:
Paint a baseball bat
What we do next is remove the old paint, a quick and easy way is using some paint stripper on a red scotchpad. The paint should come off the bat very easily.
We are down to the metal like so:
baseball bat metal no paint
So next we sand it with some 120 grit paper, tape it off and apply some epoxy primer. Once the primer is dry it is given a quick wetsand with some 600 grit paper and the first color is applied.
bat with paint
This bat is going to be black with white lettering so i'm applying the white basecoat first and will be taping off my design and then applying some black, peeling up the tape and will have the design i'm after. I\'m keeping this pretty simple but you could go as crazy as you want.

The next step is to create your design, I used Adobe photoshop and made something I could trace out fairly easily:


Baseball Bat Paint Design


Baseball Paint Printout


The next step is to put your tape in place on the bat. I just used 3 strips of 2" tape, transfer tape would be ideal. Next I taped the paper onto the bat like so:


Baseball bat Design for Paint
Next I've traced the outline with an sharp knife, it cut\'s through my tape below leaving the design in sticker form on my bat. Here is what the tape under looks like:
bat tape for paint
It\'s hard to see but the outline of my cutting exists. I'll go over it again now with the paper removed so it comes up easier. Here it starts to take shape:
Bat pre Paint
once I get it all removed I\'m left with my design here:
stenciled bat
I\'ve now decided I want to put a blue circle around the lettering so now I\'ve sprayed it blue:
Bat blue paint applied
Now I've taken a piece of 1/4" piece of tape and pressed it down around the lettering, next I spray it black:
bat with black paint
Right about now your probably getting pretty bored, when's the bat gonna start to look cool? Baseball bat's take time, cut me some slack. So next thing is pull up all of that tape I have in place reserving my design......and bam!!
jimmoslug bat basecoat
The Jimmoslug 3000 XL is starting to take shape. My lettering is a little bit sloppy looking at this point so I\'m going to clear it now, sand it then touch up a few spots (and reclear again). It will take a few times sanding and reclearing to get a nice flush look so the letters don\'t look sunk in compared to the rest. Here is what it will look like more or less once complete:
baseball bat cleared
Alright I changed my mind and put in a blue stripe instead of the white, gave it 3 more coats of clear, sanded it with 400 then 600 grit paper and gave it 2 more over reduced coats. So this is the final result, hopefully It has a few dingers left.
painted bat final
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