Project Speed Bump is progressing along nicely and is now resembling a truck. With the various important points having already been addressed, it received a Mercury Grand Marquis frontend in Part 2, was media-blasted in Part 3, had a Dynatrac rearend and TCI-sourced Wilwood brakes in the rear added in Part 4, had its bodywork addressed in Part 5, had its frame strengthened in Part 6, received a Line-X’d bed in Part 7, and had another pair of Wilwoods from TCI added to the front, as well as a new steering rack, upper and lower arms, and tie rods installed in Part 8.
With the end in sight, it was now time to get the truck back to LGE-CTS Motorsports in San Dimas, California (which handled several portions of this build), to get it in the capable hands of master painter Teresa Contreras and her equally masterful crew of painters to get the F-100 all pretty and ready for its next dance. The idea was to keep the paint scheme simple, but as we all know, simple is hard to do correctly. A two-tone (of sorts) was thought out, with everything below the beltline being Grigio Ferro, which is actually a Ferrari color, while the roof and double pinstripe down the body line would be Victory Red, both Cromax Pro colors by Axalta. With those two colors being the only shades on the truck, the paint had to be mixed and sprayed perfect, as there was no margin for error. Luckily for us and for Project Speed Bump, the crew at LGE-CTS was up to the task.
While this is one of the final steps, this truck is in no way done. The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, but inside of a tunnel it still is. There will be more installments to reveal the Banks-powered and -tuned 630T 3.0L turbodiesel V-6, but for right now it’s time to turn this dull collection of sheetmetal into a gleaming truck body. So take a trip with the Truckin crew to LGE-CTS in SoCal and spend an afternoon in the paint booth to watch the transformation happen.
| Cromax paint by Axalta Coating Systems would be used for the roof and the body of the truck. The public usually only sees the actual paint being sprayed out of the gun, but the reality is a lot of other products like Reducer, Hardener, Etch Primer, Sealer Primer, and Surface Kleen are used. All have a big part to play in the complete paint process.
| As can be seen here, the LGE-CTS paint crew is knee-deep in the process. Our complete and bare-metal bed had been initially sprayed with Etching Primer (gray) and then coated with a High Build Poly Primer (tan) before being given its final block sanding.
| As mentioned before, an aerosol can of Surface Kleen is used to clean the surface of our now-blocked, smooth bed.
| The LGE-CTS crew sprays this bedside liberally with Surface Kleen and wipes it down to make sure it is free of any contaminants. What can also be seen is the contrasting etching primer peeking out from beneath the High Build Primer. The combination of the two ensures a smooth surface.
| It’s go time! Our Grigio Ferro and Victory Red are just waiting to be sprayed—which will happen soon. They have to be properly mixed, prepped, or reduced (if needed) by the paint crew (all steps the TV reality shows do not mention).
| Another component of the paint process is these two badboys: Hardener and Sealer, both are Cromax by Axalta products.
| The final step before actual paint gets sprayed on is this layer of Sealer Primer that will coat all the outside surfaces of our bed. Why not the inside, you ask? Because it had been Line-X’d in Part 7 by LGE-CTS. There is even a cool video of it!
| Now we are getting to the fun part! Our Victory Red is the first to go down, as it will cover the bodyline. The Hardener and Reducer are added and mixed, so the now properly prepped paint is ready to be loaded into the spray gun.
| The Victory Red is just so bright and vibrant that it’ll be a great visual breakup when the Grigio goes down. The entire bump giving this truck it’s nickname of the “bumpside” is coated in red. It’s the first color to go down over the Sealer Primer.
| After the red dries, Teresa comes in and prepares the “reverse” pinstripes to be revealed. We say reverse, as the red went down first. Teresa will then lay down ¼-inch of masking tape (she is using the 2-inch masking tape as a guide), and then it’ll be resprayed.
| With the initial spray of red dry, the bedsides were sprayed over with another coating of Sealer Primer to give the Grigio a good base to stick to.
| It was now time to mix up the Grigio Ferro, with a little bit of LGE-CTS secret custom magic added to it.
| The “secret blend” Grigio is being sprayed over the whole of the bed, but not on the interior of the bed, as it still has the Line-X. The stripe of Victory Red was covered up with two coats of paint at this point.
| When the bed was dry enough, it was time to reveal the pinstripes. The fineline masking tape was expertly pulled off by Teresa so that the Victory Red showed through the Grigio Ferro. Usually, pinstripes are laid down by hand (or a roller) after the paint has dried. This method guaranteed completely uniform paint thicknesses and arrow-straight lines.
| Now the bed went back into the booth to receive a big dosing of clearcoat to make both of the colors pop.
| The cab received the same multi-coat paintjob as the bed. For this step, the paint crew focused on the inside of the cab. Before the cab was done, it received Etching Primer, High Build Poly Primer, Sealer Primer, a coat of Grigio Ferro, and then, later, a final coat of clear for both the inside and outside.
| All the nooks and crannies were sprayed and treated as if they were going to be front and center. The doors stayed on for these steps, as the pinstripe graphic had to be continued down the bump.
| After the outside of the cab was prepped the same way as everywhere else, the roof and the area around the rear window were sprayed Victory Red to set the two-tone. The bodyline, aka bump, was sprayed just like the bed.
| After the cab was dry, Teresa laid down the 2-inch masking tape just like before to be a guide for her ¼-inch line. It’s a tedious process, but having a simple paint scheme means all the components have to be absolutely perfect.
| OK, so all this time, and it’s still not done! The cab had to have all the red covered, so the roof was masked and the final layer of paint was laid down. If you look closely, the top of the doors and drip rails were exposed to be coated in Grigio.
| Here is a close-up of the paint-coated tape coming off to reveal the crisp line between the two colors. The body bump will have its pinstripes revealed just like the bed. Now we’re in the home stretch.
| Here, a final layer of clear was laid down to seal in all the hard work by Teresa and her crew.
| Before the truck body was mounted back onto its frame, a bevy of LMC Truck parts were unboxed and added to the engine bay, including inner fenders, a core support, and hinges.
| Around the time the paint was completed, LGE-CTS had its annual Open House (it’s a blast, and you should go—check the website: lge-ctsmotorsports.com) and wanted to show off the truck. The Banks-powered and -tuned 630T 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 was set in the engine bay to show it off, too.
| Here is a final shot of the completed body. The tailgate was two-toned and matched the theme of the rest of the truck. With a solid base like this, Speed Bump will be winning awards for sure!