August 22, 2015. PAINT DAY. After what seemed like eons since I bought the truck and countless hours of down and dirty hard work, it was finally paint day. Ryker was sent off to Paw’s for the weekend, so Jackson could concentrate on getting the paint job done and I could document the process. Let’s be real, I wasn’t any help with the actual paint job itself. Jackson had decided that building out a plastic paint booth in our shed (attached to our barn house) would be easiest since his tools, compressor, electricity and lights were all ready there. He rigged up a truly marvelous structure using extension ladders, staples, duct tape and every ratchet strap he owed (and trust me, that’s a lot!). When it was done, it looked like something out of a Dexter episode – an eerie, glowy plastic room with lights and a big, gray, primered truck sitting right in the middle… waiting for its ‘procedure’.




Doesn’t this look like some scene out of a scary-truck-gonna-eat-you-alive horror movie?!

I fashioned a camera box out of a cardboard box, a piece of glass and a lot of duct tape to protect my professional SLR from paint and affixed it to the top of my tripod just outside the plastic booth. I cut a small window in the plastic and sealed it with tape, so I could safely take pictures of the entire painting process.

Very high tech

Very high tech

"I always feel like somebody's watching me"

“I always feel like somebody’s watching me”

And so it began. Jackson worked methodically, back and forth, side to side, top to bottom, all the while I stood outside the booth and snapped a picture every few seconds. Over the course of 4 hours, I took approximately 300 pictures (I skipped taking pictures when he was working on the side of the truck I couldn’t see). After it was all said and done, I put the still images together in a video. (see below)



I think it’s ironic that after seven years of having this hard-to-describe, olive meets lime green color for my brand and logo, I never quite realized that it is the color of pea soup…. and now I have an entire truck painted this color. And I’m okay with that.

Within 24 hours of the paint fumes settling, we tore down the plastic paint booth, ripped off the masking and began reassembling the parts and pieces of the truck. It was surreal seeing the finished exterior come together as each piece was bolted back on. I could hardly believe how awesome and how very green the truck was!