Category: Trucks


Most of the jobs that come to Killer Paint are for people’s personal cars, trucks, motorcycles and so on. However, businesses also bring us vehicles for custom paint as well. While there are cheaper signage/display options for vehicles, there are benefits to having paint on a company vehicle.

Stand Out in the Crowd-

Emerald City Trapeze Car by Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint

Custom painted artwork is highly useful where standout visibility for the company is desired. A nicely done vehicle will be a real head-turner as well. Many companies take advantage of that kind of attention draw to make sure that their business is seen. With a really knockout paint job, you are not only seen, but remembered.


Show up (at) the Competition-

Mothers Wax PT Cruiser Painted by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintSome companies chose to invest in a special car, truck or motorcycle to use as a show vehicle.

Custom artwork is often highly desired for a business show car, because the first thing a person sees on a vehicle is the paint- it gets the maximum number of eyes pointed in the right direction, and keep them there longer.

Sometimes a car or truck will feature equipment or parts that are sold, manufactured or installed by the company.

Other businesses might simply use the vehicle to draw notice by having an attention-grabbing car with their name on it. Then all that is needed is to get it out in front of people and make sure it gets seen.

Rock Pizza 1934 Ford Coupe by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintSuch a vehicle will often be taken to car shows, conventions, or any event where there is sure to be a large crowd, in order to get maximum exposure. (Having a car win an trophy or two doesn’t hurt either.)

Some show cars, trucks or motorcycles will even do one or more show tours, making appearances at a number of special locations, promotional events or even charity fundraisers.

A really nicely done show vehicle can potentially continue to draw attention to the business for a number of years with the right amount of exposure. The right kind of show car could even possibly gain its own reputation and build its own fan base.


The flipside of this coin is putting a private vehicle to work in order to advertise one’s business.

Sometimes an owner of a company will have a vehicle of their own that they want to get custom artwork painted on, and take the opportunity to draw attention to their business at the same time.

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Tough Enough-

When it comes to work vehicles that see a lot of use, or might get a lot of wear and tear from heavy duty kinds of work, many businesses are reluctant to have high-quality custom paint done.

TRUE FIRE JOB (137)BThe paint on a workhorse vehicle can take a serious beating just from simply being driven often, from things like rock chips, minor scratches, door dings and other little hazards of the road.

Dump Truck with True Fire™ Paint Job by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintFor vehicles like dump trucks, tow trucks or box vans, the amount of wear or abuse that one of these beasts is likely to endure is much greater.

Despite this, plenty of customer businesses have still decided to have custom paint done for such vehicles. There are a few reasons why a company decides to go with custom paint on a hard-working truck or other vehicle…

Some companies, especially one-man operations, might only have a single workhorse vehicle in use, and they are often very invested in it. As such, they feel it is worth the effort it to make it look special, too.

Smaller operations will usually have a smaller staff or crew, and can more easily focus responsibility on making sure proper care is taken in using a custom painted vehicle to minimize wear or damage while in use and on the job.

On the other hand, a business that has a larger fleet of heavy duty vehicles in use will sometimes choose to have one of their trucks receive a special paint job as a figurehead vehicle, and get custom paint for it as part of their advertising budget.

1D2BADAF-7079-4C6E-9001-39CAA000179B-2Sometimes such a vehicle might be designated primarily for public appearances like parades, or parked prominently where it can be seen by a lot of passing traffic, either at the business’s main location or at an active job site.

Semi Truck with Green True Fire™ by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintWith a larger pool of vehicles in operation, it might be taken out only when needed for lighter jobs, and it can be assigned to a driver or operator that has demonstrated a high degree of responsibility in caring for equipment.

Additionally, a vehicle this eye-catching is a perfect element to feature in a company’s advertising media.

Images of the car or truck can be posted on the front page of a company’s website or social media pages, as well as used in traditional print ads or even television commercials.

The right custom painted vehicle can act almost like a spokesperson for a company. It gets people’s attention, can make a bold statement about a business, and make people remember it.


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Maybe this post 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

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

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

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Back in 2013, a client brought their brand new Ford Raptor to Killer Paint for some custom paint.

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The stock blue color of the truck is already quite vibrant, so there was no change to the base coat paint. For the front end artwork, the truck got some pretty straightforward True Blue fire, running off the front of the hood and off of the front wheel wells.

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On the truck bed, the stock Raptor logo and graphics decals were removed, and Mike painted some faux shreds down each side, running from the tail lights, and tapering off toward the middle of the cab at the front doors. Some smaller licks of blue flame trail back from the front end down the sides, and even more fire flickers out of the dark openings in the shreds.

All of the wheel well guards were painted with a faux carbon fiber pattern, and given a matte clearcoat, to match the non-glossy surface that many of the other trim pieces on the truck have. (click photos to enlarge)

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Back on the tailgate, the Raptor emblem was pulled off, and some claw-mark faux shreds and a flicker of fire were painted on behind it before it was reinstalled. The oval Ford emblem was repainted with a compact portrait of a raptor-style dinosaur and a faux carbon fiber surround. (click image to enlarge)

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The shreds and fire interweave from opposite directions to combine into a larger overall design that stretches the entirety of both sides.

The customer picked up his newly painted Raptor and left happy. Little did anyone know that this wouldn’t be the end of this blue beast’s story. It would be back… with company.

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When the Raptor’s owner returned to Killer Paint, he wanted to have the Ford lettering on the grill painted with some True Fire™ as well. A pretty simple addition.

However, he had brought another project to take on- he had purchased a Power Wheels Raptor toy truck, and wanted to have it painted to match for his son. So the Lil’ Raptor got a some blue fire and shreds design to match the big one. (click photos to enlarge)

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When all is said and done these two trucks make a pretty badass (yet adorable) pair.

The Bickford Ford Dealership, where this Raptor was originally sold, has a small post about this project from 2013 on their blog as well. Click here to view it, and additional photos of this truck.

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

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

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

Bickford Ford “Raptor in Flames” Blog Post: http://www.bickfordperformance.com/?p=997

Ford Motors Official Website: www.ford.com

This past spring, Mike traveled down under a few times, and spent some time teaching painting classes and doing some extra painting work as well. One of the projects he got to work on was this Volvo semi truck for KS Easter Trucking.

Semi Truck on the road, painted by Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint

East Coast Airbrushing owner Rod Tickle, a long time friend of Mike’s, brought him in on the project. There was a tight deadline in which to complete it before it was to be revealed at a special event at the Kenworth plant, so Mike and Rod worked had to work hard and fast to get this sizable project done on schedule.

2C316A8B-D4D6-420A-9DB1-E7CE77475FC5-2The company wanted something special for this truck, so it got the custom paint treatment from bumper to bumper.

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All of the paint used in the artwork on this project was from House of Kolor, the paint brand of choice here at Killer Paint. Fortunately, it is available down in Australia as well.

The front of the truck is painted black, which then “shreds” away to reveal a vibrant orange background with True Fire™ flames. (see more on painting shreds here.) Each side has a large coal-black Pegasus, with a fiery mane and eyes. Its wings are also wreathed in flames.


Mike was able to shoot this video of the finished truck on his last full day, showing some more details of the paint work on the project.


It’s only been a matter of months since the project was completed, and we’ve heard that this truck has already starting winning awards at major truck shows in Australia.

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We hope you enjoyed seeing how this project turned out. 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” 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

Airbrushing Shreds Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zE1P3pYJ78

East Coast Airbrushing Website: http://www.eastcoastairbrushing.com/

East Coast Airbrushing Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EastCoastAirbrushing

House of Kolor Australia Official Website: http://www.houseofkolor.com.au/

KS Easter Transport Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/K-S-Easter-Pty-Ltd-Brisbane-171436189578290/timeline/

This project rolled out of the Killer Paint shop back in 2006. Back then, the owner of this Limited Edition 2005 Dodge Daytona extended cab truck brought it to the shop to get the Mike Lavallee treatment.

This race-inspired performance pickup was begging to be given a head-turning look.
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The truck’s base color was to stay the lovely Dodge “Go Mango” color it came in. This color already looks hot, but with Mike’s airbrush it got hotter, with some True Fire™.

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The hood and grill lead the charge with a sheet of fire coming off the front, as well as some smaller flames off the headlights.

Keeping the stock color was a great choice, as the rich reddish-orange pearls of the background can work exceptionally well with fire, and Mike knows how to pick the best “temperature” of flames to really work with this color.

Its luminescence adds a boost to the glow of the flames, really making the whole thing light up in the sun.


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The sides of the Daytona also got the classic comet-streak of fire coming off of each of the wheel wells, running down the side and trailing off into smaller flickers toward the back. Fire off the wheels always makes it look faster, right?


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The Ram Daytona pickup was produced with a rear-fender stripe, just like the one on so many classic Dodge Challengers. This vinyl stripe was removed, and redone in paint. Of course, the “Daytona” logo inset on the stripe had to be set on fire, too.


Mike had something special in mind for the tailgate of this performance truck. He painted peeling shreds, revealing a black opening with flames erupting out of it, and a fiery-looking ram bursting its way out.

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As one might guess, ram murals on Dodge trucks have been popular with Killer Paint’s other RAM-owning customers, too.

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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 truck gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, 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

Dodge Motor Company Official Website: www.dodge.com

This episode ( Season 4, Episode 2) aired on January 12, 2007.

The tattoo artists from “Miami Ink” had seen Mike on other television shows. So when they got a new shop Jeep, they decided to call him in to paint artwork on the hood.

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Doing paint work on a television show often means having someone looking over your shoulder while you work, and staying focused with the whole crew working around you the whole time.

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Mike got to see the tattoo gurus at their workplace, and artist Ami James came up with a Chinese Dragon sketch for the design for Mike to use on on the hood mural as soon as he got to painting.

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The hood for the Jeep was waiting for Mike to paint at a local body shop, just down the street from the Love Hate Tattoo shop.

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The weather during the job was very humid, and extremely hot. But when there’s a job to do, and a limited window of time in which to do it, sweating it out is the only option to get it done.

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After the paint work was done, Mike got to keep the original concept sketch that Ami drew for the design, and as of this posting, he still has it on the wall above his desk at Killer Paint.

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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!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

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

Miami Ink on TLC: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/miami-ink/

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/