Dale Earnhardt Painted Cooler

You may remember the pink polka dotted cooler that started my cooler painting mania. If not you can read about it here. Greg requested a Dale Earnhardt painted cooler. I had a vision in my head of how I wanted it to look. I had a few bumps along the way, but I was determined that it was going to look a certain way. This is how I began.

Materials:

Cooler
Sander  (small hand held)
plastic primer
3 cans of black paint Krylon
White spray paint Krylon
White acrylic paint (craft paint)
Plastic clear coat Krylon
White Paint pen
Red Paint Pen
Xacto knife
number 3 printed using google image search
checked flag duct tape (found at Hobby Lobby)
paint brush
painters tape

Steps:

This is what I did differently from the pink painted cooler. I hardly sanded this cooler. I just gave it enough to scuff it a little. Then I gave it 2 coats of plastic primer, let it dry about 3 hours. Next I taped off the top and painted the bottom black. You may remember from the polka dotted cooler that I only used about a half a can of pink paint. For some reason the black took 3 cans. After waiting a couple of days for all the black to dry I moved on to the number.


I printed "the 3" using a google image search. I used an xacto  knife to make it a stencil. I traced it with some white acrylic paint and a paint brush. After several coats I moved on to using a paint pen. Once the 3 was completely white, I let it dry and then traced it with the red paint pen.


I made a line along the bottom using painters tape to help me get a crisp clean line and then colored it in with a red paint pen.

Next comes the tricky part. I knew I wanted a checked flag lid. I looked for a contact paper with this print, but couldn't find any. I found a stencil and tried that. I used black paint first, it was a runny nightmare. Then I tried using a black sharpie marker but that didn't look crisp either. That's when I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and found the checked duct tape. I carefully covered the top and then gave the bottom a coat of clear protective spray and let it dry.


I really love doing these coolers. I'm currently working on one for Greg's brother. Abbey and my sister have asked for some too. So hopefully you'll be seeing more of these.

6 comments

  1. Wow! Once again amazing work! I can't wait to see the others :)

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    1. Thanks. This one was harder to do. With mine I could just do whatever, but with this one the colors had to be right and the font on the number had to be right. It was tricky.

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  2. I love it! It should be Kasey Kahne instead, but still, I'm a Dale fan too, so I accept this ;)

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    1. I'm working on a Jr cooler right now. I should make you a Kasey Kahne. Delivering it would give me an excuse to come to Chicago.

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  3. That is very, very cool! I need one of those for the cooler part of my home air conditioner contraption.

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