Lyle Fisk

Lyle Fisk.

The 1939 Pontiac woodie, like many later woodies, made use of the faux-wood paint job for areas where real wood was not suitable or economical. In this case the dash and interior windshield trim need to have the wood-grain paint scheme re-applied. The man for the job is Lyle Fisk, a well known expert in the custom paint arena who specializes in this type of painting. Lyle began pinstriping and custom painting back in '55 and has worked with most, if not all, the big names in hot rodding at one time or another.

Lyle Fisk applies faux wood grain.

To watch Lyle work, one is tempted to say, "I can do that!" What he does appears deceptively simple; and Lyles jokes about his "high-tech" gear and his antique brushes handed down to him by his mentor, Ol' Murpy, an "oldskool" master that showed him a how to do wood graining. But don't kid yourself. The masters always make the difficult look simple.

wood grain applied to glove compartment door.

After applying the "grain" with a brush, a special roller is passed over to add those extra details. Lyle says he can recreat the wood grain pattern of almost any type of wood. We believe him.

Fisk applies wood grain to dash.

close up of dash.

Dash with paint dried.

After the paint has dried and before the clear has been applied.

Finished faux wood-grain.

The finished work. Photos don't do it justice.

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