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Paint Your Farm On Your Truck
"Take your farm with you wherever you go," suggests John Brown, a Spokane Wash., artist and van rebuilder who's doing a booming business painting farm trucks with scenes from the owner's own farm.
Brown works from photos, or visits your place himself, to get the exact scene you want on your truck, pickup or wagon sides. On the job, he first sands the surface so his paint will stick, then "draws" in the scene with an air brush "pencil". When finished, everything is covered with seven coats of clear acrylic lacquer.
Midwest Truck Body, Paris, Ill., attracts a lot of attention at farm shows and fairs with the painted truck box pictured above. The same rural scene was painted on both sides by a commercial artist. A clear plastic coating protects the painted surface against weather and sunlight. "A number of farmers and farm wives have told us they went home and painted farm scenes on their own steel truck bodies after seeing the artwork on our truck," reports Bob Sunkel of Mid-west Truck Body.
"It's much more distinctive than painting your name, although we can add that too," says Brown, who began the business as a sideline to his van remodeling business. He'll also paint mountains, landscapes or wildlife scenes on your vehicle, if desired.
"I'll travel most anywhere if there are two or more jobs in an area, or you can bring your vehicle to me. On grain trucks, the charge is about $300 a side, or $600 a truck. A pickup costs about $150 a side to paint," says Brown. Depending on location, there may be extra charges for travel.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Brown, High Country Art, 14505 N. Denver Court, Spokane, Wash. 99208 (ph 509 466-9173, or 509 325-9168).

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