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Trent's Trick Up
By Larry Edsall

Thanks to Trent's Trick Upholstery, you'd really rather drive a Buick

Wouldn't you really rather drive a Buick? Well, you might if it looked like the Lucerne Lux SS created by Trent's Trick Upholstery of Baltimore, Ohio, a small town southeast of Columbus.

For the 2006 Specialty Equipment (automotive aftermarket) Marking Association trade show, Buick offered the new Lucerne to selected tuning shops for visual and performance makeovers. Trent VanArsdalen's was one of the 11 aftermarket specialists invited to show its transformed Lucerne at the SEMA Show.

Obviously, Trent's redid the interior. After all, it is an automotive upholstery specialist, and the new blue and gray leather interior features stainless steel accents and gauges as well as Interior Service & Supply seats, Eclipse navigation system and stereo head unit, and Kicker amps, speakers and a couple of subwoofers.

But what turns heads is the Lucerne's exterior. Though his business is called Trent's Trick Upholstery, VanArsdalen also does custom car builds – and does it so well that his shop is so busy that if you order a car today, don't plan on getting your vehicle back until a year from now.

VanArsdalen adjusted the shop's schedule to do the Lucerne, and mounted 20-inch Bonspeed wheels, Spiderlite tail lamps, lowered the suspension two inches, bolted on Stainless Steel brakes, a Corsa performance exhaust and Lund/Trenz custom grill.

But what really draws the attention are the paint and unique C-pillar treatment. The lower portion of the car is bright blue and the top surfaces look like brushed aluminum. To create this special effect, VanArsdalen used Valspar/House of Kolor's silver gloss paint and SATA spray equipment, then took Scotch-Bright pads and brushed the silver-painted surfaces to achieve the custom effect.

To give the car an even longer and lower appearance, VanArsdalen blacked out a pie-shaped piece of the C-pillar and mounted a Buick shield emblem there, and he created a subtle rear spoiler, which Razzi Ground Effects of Alpharetta, Ga., plans to put into production soon as a bolt-on piece for production Lucernes.

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