An interview with Chip Davis

Chip Davis VW Bug

What are you currently working on?

Right now, I just finished the VW Bus and I’m trying to figure out what else to do after that.

What made you decide to work on that?

I always look to make something weird and make people look and say “What the Hell?!”

What different products did you use to make that?

I started off with sheets of Styrofoam and glued them together and carved it with a hot wire or even a serrated steak knife. I coat it with PVA, then gelcoat, and finally, I used your Boatyard Resin to apply the coating.

How did you start this kind of work?

I started with Autobody work and started doing props for my church, I actually made a baby grand-piano completely out of foam, and one day, my neighbor fixed up my jet-ski, so I made him a jet-ski mailbox and I had so much fun with it, I kept going, ya know, just playing around with it and trying stuff and if it doesn’t work, trying something else.

I started with covering the foam in wax, to keep the gelcoat from melting it, and then I moved on to different coatings from there, just trying different things to see how they work.  I learned that you can learn anything from YouTube.

chip davis jetski

How often do you come to Fiberglass Coatings?

Every week or two, depending on the project; I come in and talk to Pat and everyone is more than happy to answer any questions I have.

Do you have any tips for someone who wants to do this?

Don’t be shy, just go try something and see if it works, and if it doesn’t, try something else. I also learned that too thin of gelcoat wrinkles up like bacon, so be sure to load it up pretty good; same thing with the PVA, I learned that you can apply it pretty thick and wait for it to dry and you’ll be good to go.

Lastly, how did you make the VW emblem?

It is leather, actually! I got some pieces of leather and cut them to the right pattern and painted it.

Check out Chip Davis on Facebook and see some of the really cool pictures he has of some of his amazing products.

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