PPG Automotive Refinish presented its “Best Use of Color” awards to three customized cars at the NSRA’s 46th annual Street Rod Nationals Plus. The event was held Aug. 6-9 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The three cars, each sporting uniquely distinctive paint jobs, were a 1934 Chevy built by Mark Giambalvo, owner of Creative Rod & Kustom in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania; a 1931 Ford Model A from Dave Tucci at Tucci Hot Rods, Marcy, New York; and a 1965 Mustang convertible out of Dustin Foust’s Classic Restorations of Southern Indiana LLC in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
The 1934 Chevy is owned by Jack Maloney of Highland, Maryland. Giambalvo called on his paint technician Jason Dunkelberger to give the car its rich and deep two-tone burgundy and black finish. Dunkelberger applied a variety of PPG DELTRON products including DPS3055 V-PRIME Acrylic Urethane Surfacer, DBC9700 2000 Black Basecoat, DBC 2000 Basecoat, Garnet Red and CONCEPT 2021 Urethane Clear to produce the look.
Dave Tucci’s winning entry started out as a stock 1931 Ford
Model A two-door sedan. Tucci rebuilt it as a street rod for owner Dean Lombardo of Bronxville, New York. John Ramsey of John’s Auto Restoration in Rome, New York, turned to Deltron and used DBC 2000 Basecoat, Tigereye and DC4000 Velocity Premium Clearcoat flattened with ONECHOICE SU4985 Universal Matting Agent to produce the flat brownish finish.
Todd and Stephanie Foust, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, entrusted their 1965 Mustang, “Black Diamond,” to Dustin Foust for customizing. Once Foust remade the Mustang, his team went to work on the finish. They chose the Deltron line’s DPX171 Non-Chrome Self Etching Primer, K38 High Build Primer Surfacer, DCC9300 Concept Acrylic Urethane single stage gloss black with no clear. The accent color is DBC Tuxedo Black with DCU 2060 FLEXED “N” FLAT Clear.
An estimated 70,000 enthusiasts attended the four-day event. The PPG award-winning cars were part of a field of more than 11,000 entries comprising street rods, classics, custom cars and trucks manufactured no later than 1985.
The NSRA’s Street Rod Nationals Plus is the world’s largest automotive participant event and is complemented with 10 NSRA divisional nationals. NSRA gatherings are a combination of games, activities, exhibits and shopping opportunities with everything geared to family entertainment. PPG has a long-term association with the NSRA.