The idea of an extreme paint job on your car is not something that many would consider acceptable. Extreme paint jobs are reserved for the adventurous and wild-in-spirit men who feel that expressing themselves visually would add to their sense of fun and fulfillment. They usually pick artwork that reflects their personality or hidden desires. For instance, an extreme paint job on a car could be one of a lion or other respected strong wild animal. Another example of an extreme paint job would be making the car look like a jigsaw puzzle. The possibilities are as endless as the flight of one’s imagination.
Quite interestingly, extreme car paint jobs began as early as 1910 where varnished wood was used on the car surface, sanded down and refinished. Painting took as long as 40 days although the paint color was mainly in black.
Twenty years later, when the spray paint gun was invented, it changed the way car paint jobs were done. Not only was it a quicker method because the drying time was faster but you had more color choices. Acrylics only came out around the 1950s and cars were placed in an oven to save time.
It was in the 1970s that the Japanese began to experiment with a 2 coat painting system, the use of metallic paints and metal flake paints. Eventually stickers begun to take over the primary method of adding design to a car until high end cars like a privately-owned Lamborghini was decorated using a Sharpie pen by its owner. This was the car that was later on given the name “Sharpie Car.” The result was stunning and impressive so much so that it spurred a renewed interest in extreme paint jobs.
The Sharpie Car mania took place in Miami but it is in Asia where you get to see automobile decoration take it to the next level. In the Philippines, the public transportation vehicle known as the “jeepney” are flashy, wild, and colorful. The general consensus is that they do it as an extension of the driver’s personality and to attract more passengers to their vehicle.
In Pakistan and India, cars and buses are also painted with as much of a wild streak as can be imagined. Experts believe that the owners do this to stand out in countries where the population is stretched to the brim.
Other vehicle owners across the world do it as part of their business plan. It helps advertise their business and create a brand image.