As we move closer to the completion of our “Project Altima,” it’s time to turn the Nissan‘s plain maroon exterior into a candy coated work art. If you’re a regular LRE reader you will recall the beautiful renderings of the finished car, drawn by Hot Wheels designer Eric Tscherne, which appeared in the June/July ’03 issue. Well, we decided that since our name and format changed we would also change the graphic design somewhat–and add the Edge logo–while keeping the original color scheme.

Picking the right team of talent to handle the paint and graphics, custom window tint and murals was no easy task since Southern California is blessed with an almost endless supply of automotive artisans. However, we came up with our choices and, with renderings in hand, contacted them. To our delight, everyone we wanted to work with was down for it, so we were all set.

Of course, we knew that for the car to really look tight, we also needed the right materials. So, we asked our artists what they preferred. First, paint pro Jeff Mersey of Merzees Paint & Body (in Santa Fe Springs, California) said that he preferred 3M prep materials and House of Kolor paint. “I’ve used both product lines for 20 years and they are the best,” Jeff noted. Jeff would have Kent Garcia stripe his stylized graphics for the finishing touch.

As for our mobile muralist, “The Sick S,” he was recently introduced to Auto Air Colors waterborne paint, so he wanted to use their products. Erick Ramirez of Xtreme Tint (in Whittier, California) used Solar Gard brand window film because it is strong and easy to work with for the intricate window graphics. Of course, the Stillen ground effects kit was already on the car, but Jeff would be adding a factory rear wing and a Trenz billet grille (supplied by SFXRacing.com) to complete the exterior mods.

Follow the photos as we show you some important points of the paint prep and finish processes, plus window tinting procedures. We’ve also included paint and supplies lists if you’d like to try it yourself. E

HOUSE OF KOLOR SUPPLIES
·1 Gal. – Epoxy Primer KP-2
·3 Qt. – KO KO Seal
·2 Gal. – KBC-8 Tangerine
·2 Qt. – UK-8 Tangerine Concentrate
·2 Gal. – BC-02 Silver
·1 Gal. – FBC-04 Stratto Blue
·2 Gal. – RU-311 Reducer
·2 Gal. – RU-312 Reducer
·1 Gal. – FBC-09 Planet Green
·2 Qt. – SG-100
·3 Gal. – UFC-80 Komply Clear II
·1 Pt. – KE-7D Krater Eliminator
·3 Gal. – KU-800 Catalyst

3M SUPPLIES
·1 Package – 3/4-inch tape
·1 Package – 1 1/2-inch tape
·1 Package – 1/8-inch tape
·1 Roll – 6-inch white masking paper
·1 Roll – 18-inch white masking paper
·1 Roll – 36-inch white masking paper
·1 Package – Part # 7447 – red Scotch Brite
·1 Package – Part # 7448 – gray Scotch Brite
·1 Package – 400 DA paper
·1 Package – 600 wet 9×11-inch sandpaper
·1 Package – 800 wet 9×11-inch sandpaper
·1 Package – 1000 wet sandpaper
·1 Package – 1500 wet sandpaper
·1 Package – 2000 wet sandpaper
·1 Package – 2500 wet sandpaper
·1 Package – 3M general-purpose spray adhesive remover
·1 Package – 3M 1/2-inch double-sided tape
·1 box – 3M Perfect It III compound system
·3 Qts. – Part # 5936
·3 Qts. – Part # 5937
·1 Qt. – Part # 5996 foam pad glaze
·1 Box – Part # 5725 polish foam pads
·1 Box – Part # 5723 compound pads