In our March 2015 issue we gave you a glimpse of our 2014 Impala 2LTZ and a rundown of some of its impressive features that continue to make it an iconic model. As with all LOWRIDER magazine projects, we wanted to give this one some of the enhancements we so greatly admire on the classic models that grace our pages. By now you’re probably salivating over the changes we have tossed around, or maybe you even went so far as to go to your closest dealer and do some tire kicking of your own.
Well, here it is in the flesh. It was hard to decide what all to do to make a car that’s already pretty sweet looking even better without losing some of the original charm. So what all did we do? As with all cars destined to be lowriders, we definitely wanted to pay homage to our namesake and bring this car a little closer to terra firma. Engle Brothers did the honors of lowering the vehicle to give it that long, lean look.
And for it’s debut at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Philip’s Fine Lines custom painted the car with some candies, pearls, fades, and pinstriping that’d be a nice complement to the Silver Ice Metallic paint. Axalta Paint Products graciously provided all the material he needed to pull off this impressive color scheme.
As with many cars, and maybe even your favorite hip hop artists, we thought the grille on this car could be improved with some help from one of E&G Classics’ mesh grilles. For rolling stock, the 20-inch Intro wheels look right at home on Continental low-profile tires. We also decided to darken the windows a bit and tinted them to further its badass appearance.
We hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are. While we could have done a lot more, we felt either what we already had was good enough or that some additional features may have compromised our warranty and drivability. Take a closer look at the photos and hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration on your current ride, be it a classic low low or something of the Roll Playerz/big wheel persuasion. Enjoy.
Axalta Paint Tip of the Month
By Axalta Coatings Systems
The Technique of Color Blending
In this month’s latest Axalta Products Paint Tip we share with you the necessary steps that are taken by all body shop experts when it comes to the techniques of color matching and or blending.
The car color matching or blending procedure is an illusion of the eye for most people, but for most painters it’s all about technique. The first steps in this process are about having to pick the right alternate color that matches the color on the side cast, not the face of the color chip itself. This will always make for an easier blend. Just remember that if the color is lighter or almost equivalent to the side cast you can blend it like a pro.
Step two: If you’re using Axalta Cromax Pro Water base paint, all you have to do for a proper blend is to mix one part of your color to one part blender. If you’re using Axalta Solvent Basecoats, then you should mix one to one with the reducer, as this will help you get a better transition when blending.
Step three: Lower your spray gun’s air pressure when spraying your final transition of the blend, because this should give you an invisible blend that all your customers will be happy with. For more technical advice please feel free to contact product specialist Steven Chaparro at email@example.com.