Wether your truck is a daily driver or custom show truck, the paint it wears reflects its true identity and personality to the world. Today, we are seeing more trucks rolling with more conservative paint schemes including monotone, two-tones, and mild graphics. The following pages will show you how to professionally lay out a two-tone paint scheme on your truck.
We contacted legendary custom painter Pete Santini, of Santini Paint and Body in Westminster, California, to transform this black '07 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew into a stellar two-tone daily driver using House of Kolor hues. Pete started painting custom cars and trucks as a teenager in his dad's paint and body shop in the late '60s. He opened his own shop in '76 and with his visionary mind and painting talents, has created some of the most dynamic paint schemes to ever roll out of a paint booth. In doing so, he has attracted many of the hottest custom truck builders and owners over the years. His linear colorful cosmic graphics have always separated his work from others.
Before entering the paint booth, Santini's crew installed a Street Scene black urethane grille shell and Speed Grille insert with two 6 1/2-inch round holes for the Street Scene sport lights. The factory bumper cover was replaced with a Street Scene front urethane bumper cover/lower valance that gave the F-150 a more aggressive, lower, and sporty appearance. To complete the sport truck front styling, a Street Scene vented hood replaced the factory engine lid. Pete decided to add some graphic lines accenting the Ford's new two-tone paint scheme. The linear graphics make the truck's stance appear lower. To give the two-tone paint and graphics separation and definition, Pete had the steady hand of his good friend Dennis Ricklefs outline the multiple colors. After the pinstriping had time to cure, assorted Mothers polishing compounds and waxing products were used to bring out the F-150's glistening finish.