Project Greystone 6: Paint Graphics and Texture Tricks

August 12th, 2011

Text and Photos by Jason Mulligan

Adding Some Style With BASF, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

We brought our Project Greystone truck, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic crew cab, to L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California, to begin the paint process using BASF R-M Onyx HD waterborne materials. Our goal is to keep the clean, monochromatic look with a subtle two-tone broken up with highly detailed graphics that bring a few tricks and different textures to the plate. Finishing it all off are a few custom-painted parts and a Street Scene EQ Gen I front bumper cover and RECON Smoked LED taillights supplied by the folks at Stylin’ Trucks.

We determined the colors needed that would complement or match our factory Greystone Metallic (213M) base. Lexus Smoky Granite Mica (TOY1G0) offers a great darker tone for the top color so that all of the metallic and pearl components we wanted would really pop in the sun. Millennium Silver and Black toner will be mixed with the main base colors to complete the graphics designed by Theresa Contreras at L&G Enterprises.

Last month we covered the preparation of the components and the truck for paint. We also covered the design and mapping process for the two-tone and graphics. This time, we will showcase the application of the custom graphics, including the masking steps needed to ensure the paint doesn’t overlap or leave harsh lines. The airbrushing and custom texture touches are the icing on the cake that will be encapsulated in clearcoat from BASF’s R-M line. All of the BASF R-M paint colors are compliant with current VOC (volatile organic compound) restriction levels. The system has been developed and tested over the course of several years because the chemicals and mixing procedures are different from conventional solvent-based paint systems. Drying times are slower, and the climate where you live will have an effect on drying times and mixing procedures. The BASF R-M Onyx HD line includes everything necessary for custom or repair paint jobs. From primer/sealer to basecoat colors to final clearcoat and everything in between, including varied levels of reducers and hardeners are available. The line is VOC compliant with waterborne paints and solvent-based clearcoats for the same protection. The Color Match feature of the line ensures that color-matching components will produce the desired results.

Once the truck is sealed in clear, following the custom graphics, the final step will be to reassemble the truck and get it ready for the shows. But, that won’t happen without a few custom tricks, including smoked lights, painted custom bumpers and color-matched handles.

Sources Gaylord’s Bed Lids
BASF Automotive Refinish 562.529.7543
800.201.1605 (http://www NULL.gaylordslids (http://www NULL.basfrefinish
Grant Products
L&G Enterprises (http://www NULL.grantproducts
Dept. STTR
882 W Cienega Ave. Grillcraft
San Dimas, CA 91773 (http://www NULL.grillcraft
909.599.2203 (http://www NULL.landgenterprises Magnuson Products Inc.
RECON Accessories (http://www NULL.magnacharger
877.37.RECON (http://www NULL.gorecon McGaughys Suspension Parts
Street Scene EQ (http://www NULL.mcgaughys
888.477.0707 (http://www NULL.streetsceneeq Snow Performance (http://www NULL.snowperformance
Stylin’ Trucks (http://www NULL.stylintrucks Stainless Steel Brake Company
800.448.7722 (http://www NULL.ssbrakes
Project Greystone
Toyo Tires
Bassani Exhaust 800.953.8696 (http://www NULL.bassani (http://www NULL.toyotires
Energy Suspension Verde Custom Wheels
949.361.3935 (http://www NULL.tradeunion (http://www NULL.energysuspension

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