We’ve all seen the signs. Crazy paint is making a comeback. So who better than us to show you how to do it? This isn’t a step-by-step paint how-to, as we’ve covered that before and will be showing you again shortly with the Purple Pig project ’49 Chevy. No, here we’re going to concentrate on the effects you can lay over that fresh paint (or even old paint in good condition). Lace, cobwebs, fades, ribbons, all that good ol’ stuff.

Jerry Aggus was going to paint his Nomad himself as he’d done all the work so far in his home garage, but ultimately turned it over to Starlite Rod & Kustom after he saw the paintwork they laid recently on a number of cars. With a design rendering by David Garcia/DA Designs, several rolls of masking tape, and innumerable hours later, the Chevy was complete with lace, fogging, fades, ribbons, cobwebs, panel paint, and pinstriping, all sealed under several coats of clear. With pearl, candy, and ’flake used, the mainly magenta ’55 will make a grab for the retinas of anyone standing too close once the sun hits it.

Just be aware of the time and labor intensity a job like this can eat up if you plan on tackling your own project. However, the end result is definitely worth the work invested. Here’s how to do it—now go to work …