Skyline GTR Sharpie Paint Job

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

skyline gtr sharpie art

When the owner of this unique Nissan Skyline R33 GTR first purchased the vehicle in Misawa, Japan the front bumper had some slight damage on it. Rather than simply repairing and respraying the front bumper, he took the opportunity to try out something different. Instead of an ordinary paint job he commissioned Allison La Valley of Lost Birds Art Studio to create a custom paint job using only a Sharpie marker.

sharpie skyline front bumper

skyline sharpie quarter panel

sharpie quarter panel complete

skyline back sharpies

skyline hood complete

skyline back bumper progres

progress skyline sharpie drawing

skyline sharpie complete

skyline gtr sharpie

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  • Laura April 23, 2013, 9:39 pm

    How did they seal it in though? I know it was not JUST sharpie. It would run as soon as it rained or someone’s greasy hand rubbed it.

  • Bryce April 23, 2013, 11:01 pm

    Most probable sealing method would be a clear base-coat to prevent the sharpie from running, and then a good coat of clear would keep everything in and stable, and it’d be just as durable as any normal paint job. I don’t know how the sharpie would effect the base-coat and clear; specifically, whether there would be enough residual solvents from the sharpie to burst the top-coats.

  • Rick April 24, 2013, 12:13 am

    Why do people keep saying the marker will run when its wet? Have none of you ever used a Permanent Marker? The chemical makeup of a permanent marker causes the ink in it to etch itself into whatever surface you put it on, ( assuming it isn’t glass)

    Even on car paint, the marker would adhere, although there probably is a clear coat over it to both even it out, and protect the marker from daily road grime, car washes, and other abrasives that would eventually start to chew the marker off.

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