Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project

JohnCustom Paint, Latest Projects, Tech TipsOctober 24, 20160 Comment

Ford Truck Restoration Project at Palm Beach Customs




This is a rarity these days in the shop – a truck restoration project on a “new” truck! But we could not say know to restoring Charlie Bruni’s F-350.


First off – what I love about working with people in my business you get to meet great people!

A few years ago when I was running my shop in Fort Myers, FL Charlie contacted me about getting his Ford truck cleaned up and installing a Reflex Spray-on Bedliner. The F350 was about 10 years old at the time so we did some touch up and sprayed a Bedliner as well as a few upgrades…


Now Fast forward 4 -5 years and Charlie and I had kept in touch and the truck was approaching 14 years old. 

Still loving his truck Charlie Decided it was time to start the  F-350 Truck Restoration Project.


(I actually thought it would be smart to put the paint formula in the post we keep a record in the clients folder for color match purpose however thinking when a reader sees a cool color on one of our complete projects now the color code will be there for reference)




See Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project 


Keep in mind I set this blog up in reverse as you scroll and read its starting from the end to the beginning. 

Here is a video walk around just about on the last day when we had completed all buffing and assembly...


The original color on the 2003 ford F-350 is called Sonic Blue its really a sharp color with loads of liquid pearl in the mix



Little pricey - I believe it was $647 per gallon for the color -  we stripped the hood and roof and re-primed with high build Debeer Black urethane primer.




How much Paint do you think it takes to spray a full size truck ?

We are known for not cheating on the materials its the same as when you order a Sub (or grinder) for all us northern folks ... hahah you want some meat between the bun!



OK here is the list we used on Charlie Bruni's Ford F-350 Restoration Project


  • Debeer primer 3 quarts


  • Sonic blue Pearl  blue base coat 1.5 gallons


  • High Solids urethane Clear 2 gallons


  • Catalyst for the clear 3 quarts


  • reducer for base coat 1.5 gallons


  • reducer and catalyst for primer 2 quarts


  • 1 gallon of wax and grease remover


  • Total liquids 6.25 Gallons 








As you can see we sprayed the Spray on Liner material on the bumpers and the lower 10 inches of the truck





In this picture we use the 2 post lift to set the bed down on the frame using all new bed bolts and applying never-seize ( by permatex ) to all J nuts.

Ford used the J- nuts and realistically If you were from the upper 50 states the Insurance adjusters would always pay for a new set of bed bolts knowing that they were a one shot deal ( however if  the Factory had used never-seize ) that would not be the case.





This Video I show exactly how we prep Before wet sanding and Buffing the finish begins





On the F-350 Truck Restoration  Project

It only made sense to pull the front windshield and after paint my Friends from Accurate Auto Glass Installed  a fresh New windshield, not only does this give 100% visibility its important to remove before paint as well as the window belt moldings  and door handles for the doors.





Quick video showing exactly what materials we use for our ultra fine & buffing...






Below the hood is in primer ready for block sanding...


Charlie wanted the rims Blacked out so we prepped and refinished using satin clear coat




Below is the color code we save with the clients shop folder but this way if a reader likes a color the code will be with the posts 






Below we have the lost but not forgotten Honoring our Fallen heroes 

Charlie is actually a retired Colorado Police officer 





I wanted to ad a twist For this Ford truck had way to many Ford emblems  

4 in fact..

A little much don't you think?

So we took the front ford emblem and customizing the bezel with The Palm Beach Logo 








Here is what charlie had to say when I dropped his truck off 🙂 


Great guy I really enjoyed the F-350 Truck Restoration Project

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1941 Willys Original Steel Body For Sale

JohnCar Sales, Custom Paint, RestorationDecember 12, 20152 Comments


  1941 Original Steel Body For Sale
  • Low Miles Clear  Title Bakersfield California 
  • 1941 Original Steel Body had only 28,000     Original miles..  Before it was Restored 
Built as tribute to the cars that raced the gas class of 1962.
Laundry List Goes Like This !
 See the pictures Below
  • Engine – 302 currently in small block chevy.
  • Trans – Tremic 5 speed
  • Diff – Ford 9 in with 4.56 to 1 gear ratio
  • Suspension – stock springs and stock front axle.
  • Brakes – Disc in front, rear drums
  • Fuel – gas
  • Weight – 3075
  • Class – B/G
  • Interior – Bucket seats all custom leather,door panels all custom leather, black wool carpet.
  • Fire ex.
This is all steel coupe was built as tribute to the cars that raced the gas class of 1962.
See the pictures Below
 This car was done nicely and Makes a great driver skin it these babys in steel are Rarer than Hens Teeth
 Interior Top Notch all Leather

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New Tee Shirt Design

JohnAbout Us, Custom PaintOctober 28, 20150 Comment

Here’s The New Tee Shirt Design for the Boys & Girls at The Beach ..The Palm Beach Customs ..Lol 

 New Tee Shirt Design : PalmBeachCustomsNomadShirtBackPROOF



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Bmw Auto Painting & Refinishing

JohnCollision, Custom PaintSeptember 3, 20140 Comment

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1976 Performer 233 292 Twin Screw Power Boat Restoration

JohnBoat Refinishing & Graphics, Custom Paint, Gallery, RestorationJanuary 8, 20140 Comment


1976 Performer 233 292 Twin Screw Power Boat Restoration what a cool boat It was Designed by Harry Schoell  same designer for many famous boats as the Formula 233, the famous seabird 24, Magnum Marine and Donzi . Don Aronow collaborated with Harry Schoell on many of his famous 24 degree V Hulls .The Performer  was built by the same crews that hand laid up the cigarettes , and the Carys . As you will see the Performer has awesome lines and will slay some pretty nasty seas especially with the twin screw set up this boat has.




As you will see the Performer has the twin screw 292 6 cyl set up MerCruiser with fresh water cooling keep in mind the boat is almost 40 years old its in pristine condition for its age .






This is a picture of the the fresh water cooling system that I personally love even though this is a fresh water boat  its always best to have antifreeze cooling your engine package anti freeze has anti rust additives where fresh water and more so salt water will eat your engine from the inside out .

mag215here we have some new parts going on the boat with a complete new steering wheel and mast including cable new stainless water separators and Morse shift cables



 Here is a better picture of the Morse duel action  control’s along with fuel shut offs its always a good Idea to run the fuel out of the system when storing boat for some time especially with the garbage gas that we have now .

I like to run my boats with a shot of marvel mystery oil in the gas and lead substitute additive in this case the Mercury factory requires that min 92 octane gasoline be used and musts have lead  to lubricate the valves


 Personally I like the  1976 Performer 233 292 Twin Screw Power Boat Restoration and choose to own this boat over the 223 formula it has a nicer flare on the front of the hull to give you a dryer ride along with the engine compartment is much better hull and deck work fit and finish – When this boat is complete we will be shooting with silver base coat , charcoal, and whites and we will use silver and carbon fiber upholstery combination to really bring this boat into the Now ! with out taking away from the seventies style



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Down Draft Paint Booth and Paint Mixing Room

JohnAbout Us, Collision, Custom Paint, Gallery, RestorationJanuary 2, 20140 Comment

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 Down Draft Paint Booth and Paint Mixing Room

This is my last spray booth install its a 28 ft by 14 ft Down Draft Bake Booth with 3 ” walls  it will ramp up to 165 degrees with a 1.5 million direct fired gas heater you can really speed up the drying cycle .Normally we paint @ 80 degrees and with a variable speed Freak drive on the exhaust side you are able to adjust the flow of air movement as the filters get dirty on the exhaust side the operator can speed up the motor allowing for positive pressure at all times to keep dust from entering the booth .


  •  This was in the build stage we were installing the tile floors for easy clean up and dust free paint jobs





  • Below you can see the filter rack in the booth ceiling before the Spray booth filters were installed .
  • Note we poured concrete pad  for this booth 6 inches above grade to prevent water in the shop from rusting out the booth BOOTH 10
  •  The side walls just set in and clip together what a nice clean finish as you can see
  •  We built a 30ft long  paint mixing room with Tile floors so the painter was in a clean room to enter the booth during spray operation

  •  Here is another peek  of the  inside of the paint room where the painter has a bench to pre- mix for his job


 This was the far best investment I made for the booth its called a Chisum  air bag lift for painting it operates with a airbag so its safe for the spray booth environment it made painting full paint jobs a pleasure

As you can see here look how nice it is to tape off a cal and do the final prep procedures before paint


below is a picture of the lift its stands as high as 1/2 a coke can and rolls around with a T handle  

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It’s an Addiction – Classic Porsche Restoration

JohnCustom Paint, Gallery, RestorationDecember 8, 20130 Comment

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Found Yourself with a Classic Porsche Restoration Addiction?



Yea I want to warn you in advance once you Own a Porsche and strap yourself inside the seat …. well its over. Palm Beach Customs has done more than its fair share of classic porsche restorations – most of them have all been mine. 



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What am I talking about ?


Well simply put.... you are officially ruined. You will never look at driving another car the same.


Its a Porsche thing - you become one with the car.  It's part bond, part Adrenaline rush - part passion - and The experience of actually going faster and the faster you go the safer you feel the cars become more glued to the road the more you push them 🙂



The Porsche Addiction is not curable, but it's managable


The Good thing about My classic Porsche addiction is they are a great investment.


If you do your due - diligence and purchase a low mile car you would have to really work hard to loose money .



I would compare it to investing in Gold Or Silver they are a universal Language everyone understands the value it does not  matter where you live .



 Below here is a 1989 930 turbo with the G-50 transmission with 27k on the clock

white porsche

This car is The 930-T It is  on the top of the Food Chain and top of the line for the air cooled turbos

with the best of the best with the G-50 transmission still though a force to be reckoned with the turbo kicks in and its UN-ruly power will scare even the aggressive in nature comparing the 996Twin turbo that unleashes the beast at a very consistent predictable pace the 930 is not so consistent therefore great respect MUST be used when walking on the edge of Destruction !



930 turbo porsche

 The 930 t was a plug and play car needing just routine maintenance I actually had a great relationship with a good friend that was a top Man at Inskip Porsche he would send me all his favorite customers so when this Porsche came in I quickly snapped it up a few years later When I upgraded I made a cool $7500.00 dollars pretty cool way to go get paid $7500.00 to own & put 15,000 miles on the clock !

This was My 996 twin turbo 

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911 Porsche at Palm Beach Customs

 This car here is the 1983 911 SC and one of my favorites !I bought this with 43,000 miles on the clock from Beverly Mass that's a high end town where Lotus corp was founded .


This car was so clean that when I went to look at it the seller asked me If I wanted to take it for a ride and I declined I said give me your bank wire instructions and I will be back in a week to pick it up 🙂



911 Porsche addiction

 As you see the story continues with my Porsche Restoration Addiction

The car was a true spotless original

Porsche body work, paint, Ft Myers, Lee County, Cape Coral, Naples, SWFL



But it had a few stone chips on it that only I would notice it was the famous Porsche red the tint has 3/4 of the color made by a Scarlet red tint .


In this case, I mixed 3 or 4 test batches with different variations starting out with primary color position and was un - happy with the match!


I have a Debeer mixing bank, and a Spies - and could not come up with the perfect match.Luckily I was god friends with a local shop that uses Stand ox -- A European paint line that was bought out by DuPont -- to my avail it was a dead nuts match 🙂



Applying the Finishing Touches ...


What we did here on this was an unobtrusive paint job we removed all door handles and belt moldings a and took 8 hours taping the car off. Once the car was Cut and Buffed you could not tell it was ever painted.



Keep in mind when we look at a job at hand its not always best to strip a car to nothing that would do more damage than good 🙂



Porsche body work, paint, Ft Myers, Lee County, Cape Coral, Naples, SWFL


These cars were way ahead of there time and when you can get 29.5 mpg at 90mph and have a blast doing it it must be saying something .



I hope you enjoyed the pictures and story of It's an Addiction - Classic Porsche Restoration


You might also like to check out this 1970 GSXRestoration we did - I think it's safe to say we're just addicted to all classic and muscle cars!


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New Logo Design For Motor Cross Team

JohnCustom Paint, Gallery, Latest Projects, LetteringDecember 7, 20130 Comment

New Logo Design For  Motor Cross Team These are a few samples that We can PASS around and Vote on what people like the best


If you would be kind enough to comment in the comment box  BELOW THE BLOG  and share we will appreciate!



Keep in mind that while keeping a simple design these are created in a sign program called Flexi- sign and this allows to be able to cut out vinyl graphics or Paint mask to use for a stencil  in the automotive paint process



Once we choose a final then we can convert in Corel- draw or Photo Shop to create a JPEG or a tiff for print materials



OK we will update you on the final  when you vote please use the number 1-5  🙂



 Below is New Logo design 1 gold /black


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 Below is New Logo design 2 red /black


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 Below is new logo design 3 Black and Chrome Fade


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 Below is new logo  design 4 Black /with red candy Flag


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 Below s new logo design 5 candy red fade with stars and broken swish


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Palm Beach Customs business Lettering in Fort Myers Fl

JohnBoat Refinishing & Graphics, Custom Paint, Gallery, LetteringDecember 7, 20130 Comment

New truck lettering in Florida

Palm Beach Customs business Lettering in Fort Myers Fl offers a different approach to your Vehicle Branding .

The Place to Go for Your Business Lettering in Fort Myers

Coming from the custom automotive painting field we can go as simple as a 3 color Vinyl Logo and business message to very High Quality automotive paint finish . Lets say you have a new PeterBuilt or a Mack truck that you want really look nice and you want to stand out from your competition we can go all out and design your logos and apply with paint and once completed it can be coated with automotive clear this procedure is generally a little more expensive but certain Jobs warrant this approach .


The Palm Beach Work truck is done very simply to give the customer an Idea of simple is good and with basic colors by adding some different foils in this case chrome Diamond Plate you can really stand out & read the Truck from 100-200 ft ( very important ) so many Jobs you will see you can’t read whats going on .

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Keep in mind that we can take a picture of your truck trailer of car and do a mock up of what it will look like so you will get a first hand Idea before you start your project this way you can see the colors and make changes with our graphic design team.We will also show you some Vehicle wrap examples on the next post so be sure to visit our site map and check out our other work .

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Just keep in mind you have many choices when you start your project here are some Idea’s below !



  • Gold Leaf
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Metal foils
  • Reflective
  • Hand Painted
  • Airbrush and custom Graphics
  • Vehicle wraps


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Shelby Cobra Factory Five Body

JohnCustom Paint, Gallery, RestorationAugust 16, 20131 Comment


I actually had the Pleasure of Refinishing a Shelby Cobra Factory Five Body for a really Cool Client !


His name is Dick Crook what a great guy. Have you ever worked with someone on a project or maybe at a job where every you were and you just realized that this person was exceptional ?



Well that was the case with this project and its always special when that happens because when the project is over and the Job is complete you realize that you miss seeing each other . That was the case with Dick when we finished his Shelby Cobra Project.



It was bitter sweet because we couldn’t hang out at the shop each day. Dick was the guy that was actually filming the job as I was spraying and working on the project. That’s why you dont see him FYI.



When we finished the car Dick Thru me the keys and said “lets drive ” well you saw the pictures of me ?

I’m not a small guy – Nobody ever accused me of missing a meal! 

  With some convincing I wedged myself in the drivers seat and got comfortable .

Then Comes the  fun part ( seriously wasn’t ready for this ) and for people that know me I was always building go fast cars and even had the pleasure of Piloting  38 cigarette Top-gun for many years off the Block Island sound whats the point ?

OK I will get to it when I put my foot into this Shelby Cobra .

This monster just leaped up with both wheels of the ground “my god what should one do when this happens ? I will tell you don’t let off the gas 🙂

This monster took off faster than my twin turbo porches I look over and Dicks smiling from ear to ear .. You just had to be there I guess this guy became a good friend and – to see his dream when he was retired come thru it was Just awesome !

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