Panel Paint Job
Panel Paint Job is a painting style invented by Larry Watson. Upon graduating from school in September 1957, Larry opened his first shop Watson's House of Style in north Long Beach, California on Artesia Boulevard. Larry decided that he wanted to start a new trend: customizing with paint. In order to promote his new trend, Larry bought a brand new 1958 Ford Thunderbird that he took to Barris Kustoms for some mild modifications. Bill Hines and Bill DeCarr that worked at Barris Kustoms nosed and decked the car, shaved the handles and rounded the corners. After that Larry painted the car with six coats of pearl over a fine metallic silver base. Larry didn't tint the pearl with transparent mixing black toner that eliminated the cloudiness and he thought the car turned out too bright. Larry thought the bright look made the car look way too large, so in order to fix it up, Larry taped the panel lines of the bird with 1-3/4 inch tape and shot candy apple burgundy over it. With this paint job many think that Larry invented the Panel Paint Job. The Thunderbird was the first car featuring a silver pearl and candy burgundy paint job, but before he painted panels on his own car he had already paneled Zeno Stephens' 1955 Mercury. Zeno wanted something different, no scallops or flames, so Larry body paneled it. Larry painted the car in Tahitian Red and striped it in gold. After painting the car Larry never saw it again, not in a magazine, or at a car show, nowhere.
Panel Painted Cars
Bill Haddad's 1951 Chevrolet - The Blue Ribbon
Pete Angress' 1952 Ford
Kent Lee's 1954 Mercury Four-Door - One Step Beyond
Josie Celeste's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - Angel Lust
Larry Watson's 1958 Ford Thunderbird - Vino Pasiano / The Burgundy Bird
Terry Browning's 1958 Ford Ranchero - "The Ruby Ranch"
Casey Martin's 1958 Plymouth Savoy
Pontus Karlsson's 1959 Buick
Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
Jeff Bruns' 1959 Ford - Green With Envy
Kirk Jones' 1960 Ford Starliner
Tommy O'Connor's 1960 Ford Thunderbird - Toadbird
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Jim Robertson's 1961 Ford
Eric and Anna Bulle's 1962 Ford Econoline Panel Van
Trisha Turner's 1962 Mercury Comet 4 Door Sedan
Johan Eriksson's 1964 Ford Galaxie 500
Steve Arnold's 1965 Chevrolet Malibu
Henrik Forss' 1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
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