We've all listened to the occasional stories of lucky devils who stumble across one of those well-worn shop trucks. There's no doubt most of us wish we were the ones who had been so lucky as to stumble across a solid ol' Fred's Garage & Massage Parlor delivery truck in the barn out back. Unfortunately, discoveries like those are rare, and only getting more so.

Enter the faux barn-find phenomenon, or purposeful patina-the art of making a silk purse into a sow's ear, so to speak. It's not everyone's taste, but a growing number of folks are working hard to make their classic pickup trucks look the part of a shop vehicle with a long, hard life under its belt. It doesn't take a lot of work or tons of talent to reduce a mature paintjob to the well-worn look of your favorite pair of broken-in jeans. That said, here's a step-by-step guide on how to achieve that time-worn shop truck/commercial look for those who might consider buildin' a cool classic truck with the look of an old-timer. It's a neat way to individualize your truck, and after you're done you'll be able to spend more time driving and enjoying your old-timey faux survivor than polishing and protecting a shiny new paintjob. So follow along as striping and lettering pro Jeff "Styles" shows us how we can go about customizing our street rod trucks ourselves.

SoCal Pinstriper/Styles
SEM Products
1685 Overview Dr.
Rock Hill
SC  29730