wow... extremely impressive! especially for your first
im about 9 paint jobs in and i still cant get the tape to get a perfect smooth bend/curve
For the nose graphic: the lower portion the curves I covered the original design. For the upper portion I measured from the stringer out about every inch or so up the stringer. Thin masking tape is key too. I couldn't find 1/4 or 1/8 inch tape so i cut down 3/8 tape and used the uncut side. Used twice as much tape but it worked. They do make 1/4 inch blue painters tape I've been told. Also make sure the tape is firmly pushed down so you don't get too much run through resulting in rough edges. I used to paint cars so I learned allot about masking doing that, but that was many years ago! LOL
Colors: Rustoleum plastic paint. let dry for a day and wet sanded with 400. The pin stripes I started wet sanding using a squeegee block to knock down the edges then finished by hand.
Clear: Rustoleum Auto Enamel. Started with super thin coats. Had two areas where the paints reacted and wrinkled and bubbled a little, I let it dry overnight and wet sanded these areas and it was good after that.
I wet sanded the clear with 2000 and machine buffed it with rubbing compound from Auto Zone.
My friend who got me into surfing saw it today and now he wants me to paint his board. I've already got an idea for him that I think he's going to like it, Greatful Dead Steal Your Face theme.