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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 16:33

Kickin' Kolor in Davenport, IA, Is All About Custom Colors, Valuable Training

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Chris and Jim Hetzler own and operate Kickin' Kolor in Davenport, IA, where they have built a strong following with artists, body shops, painters, hot rodders, care rebuilders and hobbyists who require products and training. Chris and Jim Hetzler own and operate Kickin' Kolor in Davenport, IA, where they have built a strong following with artists, body shops, painters, hot rodders, care rebuilders and hobbyists who require products and training.

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Jim is a veteran of the custom paint world. People know his name throughout the nation for his airbrushing and pinstriping skills. 


"In the early ‘70s, I began pinstriping and learned how to do lettering by doing it,” he said. “Back in those days, the real experts were not really willing to share their secrets about pinstriping and hand lettering. So, as I developed my craft, we included custom paint into the mix as well because the rage back then was painting vans, so all of that was thrown together and it worked.

 

"Now we're a destination shop offering all of it because it's all inter-connected. We named the company Kickin' Kolor after the Shimrin2 paint line was released because it enabled people to use the paint samples to create any custom color they wanted to formulate. They wanted something completely one-off and totally unique, so we were cocktailing a lot of House of Kolor paint with vibrant colors and pearls that speak for themselves. I let Sherwin-Williams shepherd us in the direction of the Martin Senour products, and that's where it really took off. It's been an exciting journey because we get neat projects to help people with all the time. In fact, we recently used House of Kolor samples to do production for Walmart to use on Apple iPhones and we've been involved in providing unique colors for some vehicles used in movies." 


Jim's wife, Chris, runs the store and is extremely knowledgeable about the House of Kolor paint line, which gives Jim a lot of free time to sell products and train people about custom graphics, custom paint and pinstriping.  


"When body shops get into some tape-outs and multi-colors and want something different or fancy, that's a big part of what we're doing," Chris said. "When they come here, they can touch and feel the products and learn proper techniques, which is very important and I believe we provide a special customer experience for them that they really value." 


The store is more of an art gallery and museum than just simply a store, Chris explained. 


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