El Cajon, California's Triton Imaging, where innovation is reflected in Triton's motto of "assassinating the competition through a versatile arsenal of technique," offered us a look into a new process the company has developed to imitate the look of high-end custom paint while using priced-right vinyl as a base.

We wanted to look through the hype and see if the vinyl graphic could really be a comparable equivalent to paint. Triton Imaging's process takes vinyl sheets scuffed with steel wool pads and has Kevin Mickaelian of KM Graphix, in El Cajon, airbrush them with House of Kolor's pearl automotive paint before covering them in a protective automotive-grade clearcoat. Once the vinyl is painted, it is weeded and ready to apply using a special Triton Imaging-supplied Application Juice. We were impressed with the finished look of the F-150. Because pearl paint is used over the vinyl, in the right light, the body-colored sections of vinyl stand out like ghost flames. Unless you are right up next to the truck, it is hard to tell the flame job comes from sheets and not a paint booth.

Follow along as Triton Imaging adds vinyl flames to our F-150 and turns our plain-Jane into a head-turning flame-licked road-burner.