Metalflake making a comeback

Published: 19 March 2010

It’s true that nothing is original and fashion is cyclic but when it comes to metalflake that’s no bad thing.
Invented in the 1930’s by painting innovator John Morton (who created the finish by adapting aluminium roof coating paint) Commercial Metalflake paints didn’t become widely available until the 1960’s.

The outrageously OTT finish gained huge popularity in the custom car world after featuring on the cover of ‘Hot Rod’ magazine in 1961.
Among the current firms bringing metalflake back to the forefront of custom painting is Blue Moon Kustoms of Wisconsin.

Geometric patterns, dramatic contrasting colours and superdeep effects are Blue Moons trademarks with many of the designs more 1970’s than anything produced actually in the 70’s.