Photo 1/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 Lead
Photo 2/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 01 | 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.
Photo 3/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 02 | 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.
Photo 4/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 03 | As mentioned before, an aerosol can of Surface Kleen is used to clean the surface of our now-blocked, smooth bed.
Photo 5/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 04 | 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.
Photo 6/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 05 | 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).
Photo 7/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 06 | Another component of the paint process is these two badboys: Hardener and Sealer, both are Cromax by Axalta products.
Photo 8/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 07 | 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!
Photo 9/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 08 | 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.
Photo 10/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 09 | 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.
Photo 11/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 10 | 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.
Photo 12/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 11 | 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.
Photo 13/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 12 | It was now time to mix up the Grigio Ferro, with a little bit of LGE-CTS secret custom magic added to it.
Photo 14/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 13 | 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.
Photo 15/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 14 | 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.
Photo 16/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 15 | Now the bed went back into the booth to receive a big dosing of clearcoat to make both of the colors pop.
Photo 17/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 16 | 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.
Photo 18/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 17 | 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.
Photo 19/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 18 | 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.
Photo 20/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 19 | 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.
Photo 21/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 20 | 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.
Photo 22/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 21 | 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.
Photo 23/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 22 | Here, a final layer of clear was laid down to seal in all the hard work by Teresa and her crew.
Photo 24/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 23 | 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.
Photo 25/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 24 | 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.
Photo 26/26 | Project Speed Bump Part 9 Ford F100 25 | 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!