Chad grew up with a love for cars and motorcycles; everything from drawing them to racing go-karts and motorcycles. He painted his first car at age 14, learning the basics from his dad. In high school, he enrolled in vocational training at East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, AZ. This led Chad to work on friends’ cars and his own cars throughout high school. He quickly realized the custom side of the automotive world is what he was most interested in.
In 2003, he opened up his first shop and operated under the name Metal Asylum Kustom Finishes. In 2013, the shop evolved and he changed the name to Catalyst Customs which is located in Maricopa, AZ. Chad specializes in custom paint and fabrication resulting in over 20 magazine featured vehicles and numerous awards in the last 16 years. Not wanting to be put into a box, he enjoys constructing anything custom, from flamed hot rods to kandied lowriders and everything in between. Chad’s mission and mantra is “Injecting art and soul into machine” as he loves integrating new life into old metal.
George Weldon is the owner/operator of Kustom Paint and Body and is an innovative artist and car builder based out of Pueblo West, Colorado. He prides himself in his quality of workmanship and meticulous care to detail by making his mark in top quality custom car restoration. George is known for his prestigious work on hot rods, muscle cars and motorcycles.
George’s love for cars and artistic talent was recognized over 30 years ago with his talents ranging from sign painting to complete custom restoration. His in-house specialties include complete frame off, ground-up restoration, metal fabrication, customization, painting, graphics, cartoons, gold & silver leaf, pinstriping and airbrushing.
George is impressed with American Icon and their Refinishing Coatings and is looking forward to being one of the top pioneers using American Icon products.
1959. Born and raised in Anaheim, CA, son of a drag racer. Grew up at all the drag strips in Southern California…OCIR, Irwindale, Lions, Pomona…started drawing cartoons at age 5 and by the time I was 12 years old I was doing corporate logos for a lot of the BMX companies along with several surf and skate companies. Started painting cars in ’75 then onto pinstriping and airbrushing around ’78-79.
Production painter for 30 years along with doing custom paint jobs. Painted signs, lettered race cars along with being busy as one of the helmet painters of a lot of the dirt late models, sprint cars NHRA and nascar. Built championship dirt race cars and drove them for 30 years. Built SEM Products, Color Horizons line in ’03-09 then, Jobber store owner, product tester for several paint companies. Matrix FX from August 2013-15 then to House of Kolor 2015 till 2019. Currently working at SATA DanAm.