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  • Bay One Customs Cameo SEMA Truck Build : Reassembly and Shiny Things!

    TC and his team at Bay One Customs have been very busy since we last checked in with them. With only 8 weeks to go until the big debut at SEMA 2013, they really need to hustle to finish the truck. They don't plan to fake it like a lot of the cars at the show, this sucker needs to run, drive, AND look good!

    After laying down the special Eastwood Candy Red paint (coming to eastwood.com soon!) on the body panels, TC was nice enough to give us a quick tutorial on how he achieves that DEEP, WET finish on his candy paint jobs. We still can't believe how killer that color looks!

    With the panels all shiny and ready to go together, the team "married" the cab and the chassis and started hooking up the essentials to make this pile of shiny metal a running, driving truck. This includes, exhaust, wiring and electrical, HVAC system, and much more! Oh... and a LOT of shiny chrome bits (what do you expect it IS a SEMA show vehicle!). TC gives us a quick rundown below.

    Bay One has been using a LOT of Eastwood products along the way. TC is a big fan of our stuff, so much so, he likes to share tips and tricks he uses to achieve such amazing results. In the video below TC shows a trick for getting a smooth, satin, UV resistant finish on the wood for the bed of the truck. He also covers applying the candy red to the cab and bed and shows you them mated to the chassis. The vision is really starting to become a reality and everyone involved is extremely excited!

    In the most recent update from TC we're finally able to see the body fully assembled and nearly complete. The back end of this truck is also revealed. TC has an immense amount of time into the bed and tailgate alone to make it true to the original concept design. He pulled parts and cues from a number of Chevy products from this era and we think it probably came out better than if Chevy had done it themselves! Lastly he gives us a sneak peak at his custom license plate bracket modifications. This makes your "hideaway" plate look like child's play!

    Stay tuned, we'll keep feeding you updates as TC works on the truck. We hope to have a full video feature on the truck at SEMA 2013!

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  • Flat Colors are the new Black?

    Anyone that follows the aftermarket automotive market will know that the trends change quickly, and often dramatically. Each year, Eastwood attends SEMA in search of new automotive tuning trends and products. This year while walking around, I began to notice a large amount of vehicles covered in flat or satin paint jobs. Now you may be saying "Matt, that's nothing new, flat black has been going on old hot rods for years!", but in this case it wasn't limited to old cars, hot rods, or just flat black. There were all sorts of different hues of flat and satin colors around the show. In fact, some of the most expensive cars at the show were painted in flat colors. I saw everything from your traditional flat black, to flat greens, purples, whites, grays, and more!

    I like that flat and satin colors are now being applied PROPERLY, not just a low quality spray paint job. In the past, I will admit that I was one to frown upon most any vehicle (except hot rods/rat rods) that were done this way. I had always thought of modified vehicles painted in a flat colors to be "hacked" or badly built. But now it seems that these properly prepped and painted vehicles are using the flat colors to possibly push your eye from the overall car to possibly something else on the car, be it the detailed engine bay, or the unique wheels bolted on the car.. it is a new concept, but I like it!

    Check out our different options for flat paint, and even powder if you want to powder coat some parts on your car to compliment the flat paint!

    Rat Rod Flat Colors
    Satin Paints

    Now if you really want to stay ahead of the flat color trend, try out our Rat Rod Flat Clear Coat. You can use this over any color to give it the flat look. This is where you can really get some neat effects! We have also had customers use the Rat Rod Flat Clear over their original "patina'ed" paint. The clear coat seals and protects the current weathered finish, without taking away from the original Patina of the paint. The options are limitless!

    Below are a few of my favorite flat colored cars from SEMA. Enjoy!

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