CIMG3868BA few years ago, customer Bill P. came to us about a car he was building. He had a fiberglass Willys coupe that he wanted to get painted, and he was looking for something away from the ordinary for this car. At the time it came to the shop, it was pretty much just a shell.

After discussing some options, Bill chose to go with some classic True Fire™  but wanted something unique for the base color to go with the flames.

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The base color for this car is a special recipe that Mike came up with for this project.  In a first for Killer Paint, our customer decided that he wanted a color that matched his wife’s hair. The final color is deep and rich, and has a warm glow to it, especially in the sunlight.

There is also a darker Root Beer candy fade along the bottom, for some additional character. Mike liked it so well, that he has has continued to use it on other projects as well. (See our post on the Cat’s Roar Magnum for the Big Cat Rescue organization)

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For the True Fire™ on this Willys, Mike went with the classic flame streak off of the wheel wells, which looks great on vintage hot rods.

The fire itself is toned down a bit, keeping to the reds and oranges, leaving out the bright yellows in order to better compliment the reddish-brown tones of the body color. There is a little bit of heat coming up off of the lower front end as well.

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Bill’s wife is a fan of Marilyn Monroe, and collects Marilyn memorabilia. So for the trunk lid, Mike painted a portrait of the blonde bombshell in the same tones as the flames on the car.

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After it left Killer Paint, Bill continued on the build, and had it done in time to get his Willys into the lineup with some other cars painted at Killer Paint at the Annual Classic Car & Hot Rod Display in Snohomish that year as well.

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