The Splash Theme – GMC S15 80s Lowrider Paint Job
In the late 80’s to early 90’s low rider paint jobs came in many different styles, but the one that stood out the most to me was the splash paint theme. Dave Thomas of Greenfield Ohio agreed to paint my GMC S15 for $800.00 in 1991. Dave, AKA: Wavy Dave, pulled out a paint guide and we browsed through it for a while before we finally selected a bright neon blue with metallic flake over white.
In the 90’s I saw several low rider trucks from the Chillicothe Ohio area that had similar paint schemes and I thought they were pretty cool at the time, so that’s what I decided to go with.
Now Dave actually thought it was weird, and was hesitant to do it. But in the end he said he wasn’t the one who had to drive it so he helped me out as long as I didn’t tell nobody he done it. (hehe) I think he was kidding!?!? Now he knew I didn’t have much money, so I think he was kind enough to give me a good deal on the work he done, because I’ll be honest, he did a damn good job and didn’t cut corners.
When I paint my project truck, I’m going to provide the painter my only picture to try to get it as close to what I had. The only photo I have was taken during a cloudy day so the blue does not stand out as it actually did in person. It was very florescent, and shined really nice in direct sunlight. And the metallic really stood out as well.
Dave actually done another paint job on another vehicle I had in 1999. This is Dave prepping a 1985 Pontiac Fiero for me.
I understand that Dave had a stroke many years ago and no longer paints cars. He was always nice and took time out to speak to me, even when he was working on other projects. I use to stop out at his paint shop and speak to him many years after I sold my truck. He was very opinionated and wouldnt hold back on any topic, he’d tell you the way it was even if you didnt like it. If he was able to still do bodywork, I think he would still help me out on this project.