I imagine most here would be critical of those paint jobs, but I'm wondering how that swirl pattern is achieved. It seems like if you've got a case that needs to be painted anyway and you're going for a "custom" look, it's not all that bad when done well.
Are there any articles or videos on how this is done? Have any of you painted one like this?
Believe it or not, its done with an acetylene torch.
its an old hot rodders paint trick from way back
you take a good color of base and spray it on. While its wet you fire up the torch with only the acetylene going (no oxygen) and it shoots out a very low flame with a lot of sooty black smoke coming from it. Then you turn the item (in this case a radio) and let the sooty black smoke lay its pattern onto the paint. Wait for it to dry and clear coat it.
It takes a lot of practice to make it look correct but if a guy masters it, its a great effect.
I had a 67 Camaro once with two strips down the hood. The strips were a light blue with the "smoke effect" put on by my friend who co-owed a paint shop with me. I did murals and flames, he did the base coats, strips and assorted "custom" stuff. They looked great and it really sets a paint job apart from the rest. Its kind of a lost art that apparently this fellow is reviving on his radios. I don't know who is doing the work but it looks pretty good.