Category: Around the Shop


At the Killer Paint shop, you’ll find plenty of artwork and decorations all over, from the front room to the bathroom. One set of pieces that are on display around the shop are some of the illustration renderings of cars done by some big names.

Chip Foose Project Renderings on Display at Killer PaintIn the front entry room of the shop, three such pieces signed by Chip Foose hang on the wall by the window. These three are all projects from episodes of Overhaulin’ that Mike appeared in.


Blue True Fire van rendering for Overhaulin by Chip Foose Blue True Fire Chevy Van by Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint for Overhaulin with Chip Foose

This piece is from Season 3 episode 17 of Overhaulin’, “That 70’s Van” where Mike gave this Chevy van the True Blue fire treatment, including a fire-breathing dragon on the back.


Chevy Tahoe rendering for < by Chip FooseChevy Tahoe, with True Fire stripe by Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint for Overhaulin with Chip Foose

This Chevy Tahoe got its makeover in season 4, episode 4 of Overhaulin’“Bling!” Mike’s flames appear in the black stripe down the sides of this truck.


Dodge Mgnum rendering for Overhaulin by Chip Foose the magnum finishedB

This Dodge Magnum appeared in episode 12 of season 3 of Overhaulin’“Fiery Brit”. Rally stripes engulfed in True Fire™ run up the hood and re-appear on the back end of this project car.


 CNN Hummer roof Art rendering for Overhaulin by Chip Foose Overhaulin crew with Mike Lavallee and Chip Foose for CNN Hummer project

The bathroom, of all the places in the shop, is probably the most interesting in terms of decor, artwork and assorted memorabilia at Killer Paint.

We’ll cover it in its entirety at a later date, but on the bathroom wall, there is another rarely seen Foose mockup, from the special CNN Hummer project on Overhaulin’ from season 5. This particular design was designated for the roof of the vehicle. The finished version can be seen in the photo above.


Hot rod rendering artwork by Chip FooseAnother Chip Foose original hangs on the wall in the office just below Mike’s legendary Hellion painting, the lion with the fiery mane that helped launch True Fire™ into the mainstream.


1951 Mercury concept art rendering by Steve Stanford for Mike Lavalllee of Killer Paint

The most recent addition to to the Killer Paint collection is very special. Mike has been working on getting his 1951 Mercury, dubbed “The Dead Sled,” completed for a while now. (At the time of this posting, it is down in South Los Angeles, in the hands of body modders Lordz of Customz, getting an extreme low, aggressive chop.)

Meanwhile, vehicle art legend Steve Stanford agreed to do a rendering of Mike’s Dead Sled as it will appear when completed, according to Mike’s plans. This original masterwork now hangs proudly on the wall in the office- a rare gem in its own right, and one of the most prized possessions at Killer Paint.

We hope you enjoyed taking this peek at the Killer Paint shop. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Perhaps these projects gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

Harley-Davidson Official Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

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When painting helmets, motorcycle parts, car parts or any number of other items that come by the shop, it is usually necessary to use some kind of stand or mount to put them on when working on them.

For years here at Killer Paint we have used any number of methods, from homemade stands to improvised or re-purposed equipment, (even the occasional spare box) to keep items steady during a project.

Recently, Mike discovered a company that builds parts stands specifically tailored to the needs of the custom paint trade, called UltraStands. Now their products are standard equipment in our shop, holding many of our projects securely in place while they are being worked on, and we wanted to give them a shout out to let them know how much we use their product.

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This UltraStand has an optional tool tray, and has the curved magnetic attchment, ideal for fenders or other curved parts. The stand can be assembled with rubber feet or roller wheels


11206061_10153288681955605_7747553336075732456_nThese stands are designed to be highly adjustable. They can be easily raised and lowered, pivoted and tilted, as well as rotated a full 360º so that you can work on a project at the angles or positions you need, with minimal fuss or effort. Equally important, is that they are ruggedly built with heavy gauge steel, and are very sturdy. There are standing floor models, as well as table clamp-mounted versions.

One of the great features of the UltraStands is that there are a wide variety of specialized attachments, designed specifically to hold the kinds of items that regularly come into a paint shop.

For instance, there are curved mounts that magnetically hold most metal motorcycle fenders, mounts that will hold most helmets upright and stable, and solutions for large parts like automobile hoods. They are highly customizable, and are available with different options to suit many needs.

11329739_10153288738480605_6454726773665424298_nNew configurations and  attachments are being developed regularly, and we are excited to see many of the items they will release as the UltraStand product line grows.

We will try to post more about some of the different extensions, attachments and accessories as we get our hands on them…

If you would like to visit the UltraStand Facebook Page, they post regular updates on their newest innovations and attachments.

There are many additional photos there of the wide range of products and the different way they are used to keep project pieces in place, hassle free.

There are also a handful of videos demonstrating some product features here.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Do you have an idea for custom paint work on your own vehicle, or other project?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, you can visit our website,

or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

UltraStands on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ultra-Stand/1378078632446607

UltraStand e-mail: theutrastand@gmail.com

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Here at Killer Paint, there tend to be a lot of skulls and skeletons around the shop. No big surprise. However, there are some skeletal figures in residence that Mike didn’t make or paint…

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Catrina (or Calavera Catrina) figurines are a favorite of Mike’s to collect and display in the shop.  They are strongly associated with the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) celebrations and have become an iconic cultural image. Mike prefers to collect authentic Mexican-crafted pieces. (Most of these figures were acquired from Heart of Mejico.)

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Imported dolls can cost more, but each one is hand-crafted and painted, so no two are exactly the same. Each figure has its own quirks and unique appearance.

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If you ever happen to come by the shop, make sure to take a look at these fantastic figures!

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There are a lot of other interesting and unusual things hanging around the shop. We hope to show you more of the stuff we’ve got here at the Killer Paint shop in the future when we have the chance.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Killer Paint on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/killerpaint1033/

Heart of Mejico Website: http://heartofmejico.com/