Engraving a car, the dedicated customizing job

redlinederby Sunday, 2/4/2024
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Every now and then social media throws me something interesting...today it was this: custom engraving a car.

Comes from the R&L Customs group on Facebook. 

They appear focus on the super custom side of things but even a quick scroll through their photos is pretty nice to see and get some cool ideas.


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dr_dodge 2/4/24

I like that idea


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RC_Attucks 2/4/24

Talk about being intricate... I'm still working on basic painting and putting decals on straight. #nextlevel

  • I know, looks like a belt buckle — redlinederby
  • think of using a "tip" engraver and drawing flames first, paint it, then wash the engraved stuff back to the front, clearcoat — dr_dodge
  • it would sharpen the edge, and then feather to the front — dr_dodge
  • or do a snake skin pattern, barbed wire, actually a fantastic idea, the more I ponder — dr_dodge
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dr_dodge 2/4/24

we use these at work, they'd do amazing in diecast


guess I'll get one


Thats some next level carving right there!

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redlinederby 2/5/24
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More I stare at this, the more I'm even thinking about side panels on some of the big castings - like the vans, trucks, etc - lots of real estate to play with on those.

I'd imagine the metal is pretty soft to carve with that engraver tool too? Although I'm not sure I have the dexterity or eyes to do this now! 

I bet some of the tattoo artist folks could make it look easy

  • When I was a moderator in the Hot Wheels collectors FB group last year the person you highlighted is (I think) the same guy who told me he uses just a nail and a hammer to do his etching, which is even more insane. — FeralPatrick
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dr_dodge 2/8/24

Good evening all,

I got the engraver

and redlines van idea, I always loved the van murals, so

target aquired;  r2d2 on the milk truck,

and use the tempo for the pattern

engrave the outlines

strip, fill etched lines w' gold paint, and polish

will post vids


I've always wanted to do this. So I went to our local True Value Hardware store, bought a Dremel engraver, and started putting the "Lotta Speed" on the back sides.

We also bought a woodburning (Engraving) kit. I've been meaning to make my own car out of wood. I'd engrave/burn the designs, then put it on a chassis, and let it roll!

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Kingjester 4/12/24

Sheesh, I couldn't even begin to engrave my customs, I'll stick to painting with the best of my ability.

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