Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Silverio.
Let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started in the auto body industry about 20 years ago. I initially started doing minor paint repairs under Eric’s Auto Detailing & Paint Repair. I was mobile and traveled to dealerships. Eventually, I started working at an auto body shop and found that I wanted to get the custom paintwork. From there I went to work at East Coast Customs, a custom motorcycle shop and learned from the ground up how to disassemble and reassemble all types of motorcycles. I learned how to paint, tape off and perform finish work.
In 1999 I enrolled in Butera School of Art in a sign painting program. There I met Jim Birmingham, who was my instructor. Jim really took me under his wing and showed me the art of flames, graphics, pinstriping and airbrushing. I knew I was in love with the trade at that point. I decided to branch off on my own and Krazy Kustoms was born in 2001. I leased my own industrial space, financed equipment and hit the ground running. I was aggressively into custom bike work for the next 10 years, with the occasional hot rod graphics project in the mix. My wife, who shared shop space with me, had a truck lettering company and our talents complemented each other. I took a break from the custom work to give a shot at teaching in a vocational school for a few years. I was an auto body instructor-and that showed me how much I missed the custom side of the business. I ended up leaving that job to go back into custom paint full time.
A couple years later, my wife and I had our now 2-year-old son and I was growing restless with the industry and the downturn of the economy. I was contacted by EuroPro, the creators of Shark and Ninja products, to do some prototype work for them.
Since then, I can’t count how many projects I have done for EuroPro and countless other companies-some of which I can’t discuss due to confidentiality agreements.
I sort of stumbled upon CERAKOTE, which is now my flagship brand of coating. I kept seeing pictures online of these crazy paint jobs on guns-and I thought “Hey. I can do that.” So I reached out to the company, flew out to Oregon and got certified.
I am now fully licensed by the ATF and Federal and local governments as a gunsmith. I have a full service refinishing department and have made some great contacts with local and national shops.
It’s been a really crazy ride to get here, but I wouldn’t change any of it. One day the guys and I could be putting together a ’64 Mustang on the car lift and the next we are painting the next vacuum Shark plans on releasing and clearing a Harley tank in between.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not. Its been a lot of long hours, sometimes without sleep or income.
Please tell us about Krazy Kustoms.
We specialize in custom paint, refinishing, prototypes, model painting, auto restoration, firearm coatings, high temp ceramic coating, custom graphics, pinstriping, airbrushing
- Address: 845 Woburn Street Wilmington Ma 01887
- Website: www.krazykustoms.net
- Phone: 978-694-9900
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org