We all know that Lowriders are all about paint. Without the right paintjob, your automotive masterpiece is just a rough draft. From Candy to Flake, Lowriders have been at the forefront of automotive paint technology; it just comes with the territory of being the talk of the Boulevard. Thanks to advances in paint production, there is no secret that today’s paint technology is not the same as it was when our culture was born, some thirty years ago. We have seen great strides in paint technology and techniques, as the industry has evolved from the single stage acrylic paint, lacquer, and urethane basecoats which have lasted for over a decade, to where we are at today. So now, we are showcasing the latest waterborne basecoat technology. This innovation is something that is environmentally friendly, and is still able to give you the luster found in some of today’s most sought after paint finishes.

Who ever thought you would use water to thin out your paint? It’s not new technology; it’s been around for years in Europe. This technology has also been in play at the OEM level in America. Current air quality regulations have led to safer paints, in order to promote a cleaner environment and a healthier world. The local body shops have followed suit, making their own transition into the waterborne paint bases. It’s been a learning experience for everybody, but it is not as bad as some people thought the transition would be.

With all of that said, what are custom painters to do? Should they quit painting, or move to Arizona where the laws are a little more lenient for custom paint finishes? For those of you in this boat, we advise you to make the transition, too. After all, you can’t really run from it, and you certainly can’t just stockpile the old paint. The best thing that you can do is grab the bull by the horns and learn the new system. Once you do, you will realize that it really isn’t that difficult.<strong>1. </strong>Paul and Mitch both started off with flat paint panels, which were sealed and ready to receive custom paint. Mitch mixed some pearl yellow base, following the directions provided. The mixing steps were similar to what painters are doing currently.

We caught up with Paul Stoll of PPG Industries, and Mitch Kelly of Crazy Painters, whom some of you might know from Kelly and Sons. They are going to show us how some of today’s technology works, so follow along as they pull out all the stops at PPG’s Los Angeles training center. These experts are here to shed some light on just how friendly this new paint technique can be.