September 2019 Shop Talk with Shannon Aikau and Ryan Evans

With Shannon Aikau & Ryan Evans

Photos & Video by Samantha M. Frontiera


This is a transcript of the September Count’s Kustoms video featured on

Shannon: What’s up everybody?  This is Shop Talk with Shannon…

Ryan: And Ryan.

Shannon: Today we are talking about paint.  Who would’ve guessed?

Ryan: (Chuckling) It’s a simple subject, but it’s something I get asked a ton of times. Almost every time I go to a bike shop or a bike show in any state. Someone asks me, “What do you think about satin finishes?”

Shannon: Hmm, well they should, aren’t you the painter?

Ryan: What do you think about them?

Shannon: Well I think in the beginning they were hard to take care of because somebody would just go and polish it and screw it all up.

Ryan: Perfect!  That’s a perfect example. I get asked a lot “What do I want?  Do I want Satin Single Stage, like a satin color.  Or do I want satin clear.”  Me personally, I like the satin clears because I can put the satin clear on top of any artwork.  It makes no difference if they’re portraits, pinstriping, flakes, non-flakes.  Plus I can incorporate satin clear on top of gloss clear.

Shannon: So you’re saying it’s more versatile.

Ryan: Exactly, you can get away with anything and use it ten times over.  You keep it in your cabinet and it’s always there.  When you have satin black, satin white and satin yellow, that’s all you’ve got. You got satin black or yellow.

Shannon: Well, not to mention now they have satin care products.

Ryan: Exactly!

Shannon: So you can buy stuff so you don’t be polishing the old satin.

Ryan: Yeah back in the day, satins were more single-stage (solid colors) because getting that magic mix of satin clear was elusive.  And that’s clear mixed with a flattening agent, which nine out of ten times it’s talc.

Shannon: Do you guys understand any of this?

Ryan: Yes they can understand, man!  It’s a little chemistry, it’s easy.  Don’t worry about it.

Shannon: (shrugs his shoulders)

Ryan: Nowadays we’ve got a better grasp on the talc.  How much to add to the clear to get a consistent clear coat.  Also back in the day, the satins were your solid colors; your black, red, white, whatever.  And like Shannon said, the more you wax it, the more you take care of it, the more you wash it, the shinier it gets.

Shannon: Right.

Ryan: (pointing to the satin fender with red pinstriping) This was a perfect example.  This is a bike that we painted and built.

Shannon: In ‘06.

Ryan: In ‘06?

Shannon: ‘06 (nodding his head)

Ryan: Over ten years ago. Over time the owners had waxed, polished and cleaned to the point where a section of the fender was shinier than the rest of it. Or a section of the gas tank was shinier. So he brought the bike in, added a little bit of artwork to it.  Re-satin clear the entire bike.  That way it stays this way forever.

Shannon: So yeah, there you have it.  No more making your satin bike super shiny.

Ryan: Exactly and they stay the same. And you can incorporate satin clear with shiny clear; make all kinds of crazy depth to it. It’s mind-blowing, it really is!

Shannon: So there you go, from the chemist, Ryan.  And Shannon. Have a great day.  Aloha.

Ryan: Take care.