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.
Pete used the masked passenger-side window to sketch out a rough graphic pattern.
A Scotch Brite pad was used to scuff the to-be-painted surface to allow for better adhesio
The graphic lines were roughed out using a white pencil.
After the graphic lines were drawn, Pete laid down the masking tape and masked off the sin
The taped graphics were covered with masking paper. Pete used a squeegee to press out an i
Assorted House of Kolor primer, basecoats, clearcoat, reducer, and catalyst were used to a
Pete used his Iwata LPH-400 gun to apply the House of Kolor Shimrin Orion fine metallic si
After the HOK Shimrin Orion metallic silver was applied, Pete removed the inner single sca
The inner single scallop was laid out using smaller painter's tape.
HOK Shimri Tru Blue Pearl and Majik Blue Pearl were mixed, (1 part Tru Blue to 2 parts Maj
After the inner single scallop was sprayed and had time to cure, it was then masked off. P
The masking tape was carefully removed before Pete applied multiple coats of HOK clearcoat
Notice how the simple arched graphics accent the F-150 window line.
A single, simple HOK Shimrin Orion Silver line was continued along the bed and tailgate.
After the Street Scene vent hood was painted HOK Tru-Blue Pearl/Majik Blue Pearl, a pair o
The Leer 800 tonneau cover was also given multiple coats of HOK Tru Blue Pearl/Majik Blue
Mothers' cutting compounds and polishes were used to obtain the truck's mirror finish.
A batch of custom grey was mixed then blotted and applied to the pinstriping dagger brush.
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
Pete Santini used an '07 Ford F-150 Lariat as a blank canvas as he laid down some simple horizontal/arched graphics using House of Kolor hues. The multicolored graphics gave the two-tone paint separation and definition. Installing the Street Scene vented hood, speed grille/lights and front sport valance with a Leer 800 tonneau, completed the true sport truck package.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 26 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Advanced
House Of Kolor Paints:
BC25 Black Base Coat 1 Qrt. $50.00
PBC36 TruBlue Pearl 1 Qrt. $83.00
AP01 Adhereto 1 Qrt. $35.00
PBC37 Majik Blue Pearl 1 Qrt. $82.00
UFC35 Kosmic Urethane Clear Coat 1 Gal. $221.00
RU311 Kosmic Kolor Medium Reducer 1 Gal. $60.00
KU150 Kosmic Kolor Catalyst 1 Gal. $78.00
FBC02 Shimrin Orion Silver 1 Qrt. $50.00
Leer 800 Tonneau Cover $1,200,00
Street Scene Generation 2 Front Valance PN95070833 $375.00
Street Scene Vent Style Hood PN950-73700 $795.00
Street Scene Grille Shell and Grille Insert with 6 1/2-inch round lights (black) PN950-70833 $355.00
(Prices do not include tax or labor)