Charley Hutton—famed street rod painter teams up with PPG
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – March 30, 2009 – Renowned street rod painter Charley Hutton has teamed with PPG Automotive Refinish for a number of automotive projects including custom painting of the Kurt Busch Foundation Dodge Challenger.
“I’m very excited about partnering with PPG,” said Hutton when reached at his newly expanded facility, Charley Hutton’s Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho. “I started painting cars with PPG and it’s great to be working with them again. I’ve always liked their products, support and service. While building our new facility, we have worked hard to be environmentally friendly. PPG’s new waterborne paint lines – Aquabase® Plus and Envirobase® High Performance fit perfectly into our plan. I am really impressed with the ease, sprayability and fast coverage of both of these products. The clarity of color is amazing and allows us to really be creative.”
Well-known in the custom car world for his work on high-end street rods, Hutton has won national recognition including two prestigious Ridler Awards, several Street Rod of the Year and Custom Rod of the Year awards as well as an America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award. He made his mark in television on the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod show working with legendary custom car builder, the late Boyd Coddington. Hutton has also been featured on The Learning Channel’s Overhaulin’ and on Hot Rod TV.
“We’re thrilled about our partnership with Charley,” said Jeff Griffin, PPG manager, collision segment N.A. “With his sharp eye, steady hand, technical expertise and incredible creativity, he’s one of the most talented painters in the country. He’s been an advocate of PPG products for years and we’re looking forward to working together for a long time to come.”
Hutton started painting cars at 13, working in a body shop owned by a family friend and painted his first custom car when he was 15. He established his own business in 1993 at the age of 20. Hutton will be using PPG products exclusively in his shop.
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.