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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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"We have a lot of Jim's artwork here on the walls and much of it is geared toward his airbrushing and pinstriping, so we're not just a paint store. We're located in an old building made of brick with open beam ceilings and we believe it has a very comfortable feel for the customers. People wander around and we have the mixing bank here, so some customers will often hang out and it's like more [of a] mom-and-pop environment. Jim is well-known and they always want to discuss their projects with him as well. We hold two pinstriping classes here every year with 15--20 students and conduct one airbrushing class limited to eight students, both in a classroom we have here. We're also going to be offering a hands-on House of Kolor workshop that Jim will be conducting in his own paint booth very soon and people are already getting excited about that." 


"I've been teaching pinstriping for 18 years and limit the class sizes to give everyone one-on-one instruction," Jim said. "Eighty percent of these folks have never picked up a pinstriping brush before, so we get a lot of new fresh talent coming here for the classes. Many of them have the potential to do it professionally, so it's exciting. All of the supplies are provided in the classes and they get to take everything home with them, so they get to practice on their own to get better. One or two students from each of my classes eventually end up becoming professional pinstripers, which is of course very satisfying."


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