At this point the car still looks dull, because there isn’t a clear-coat on top yet.
Apparently they wrap the car in some sort of paper in order to get the positioning just right, then they tear away the paper as they paint the final artwork.
This looks dull because they deliberately sand it down in preparation for the airbrushed graphic.
But still, it’s a great improvement already!
They call this color “Candy Apple Red”.
….and some octopodes….
These are various pictures off the web to help give inspiration.
Just to give you an idea of the start of this….
This little red Honda was in pretty bad shape. It needed a complete paint job and some body work as well.