Our History

A spark of inspiration came in 1975 when Jay Wright saw a custom van on a dealership lot. Soon after, he sold his bicycle to purchase his first airbrush and was later hired by “Braggin-Wagon,” a van builder in Rhode Island. This move was the beginning of a lifetime of art, custom vehicles, and family. Jay and Donna Wright eventually started CPV in 1994 as they grew the business with a focus on custom painting for customers from coast to coast. Today, their son Steve and his wife Dana operate CPV and continue the legacy that started in 1975.

From the beginning, we have been committed to serving our customers by providing excellent custom paint and high-quality paint finishes.



Custom painted van painted circa 1975.

Jay Wright begins his career in Rhode Island painting airbrushed, shag carpet conversion vans.


J's Custom Painting business card.

The Wrights move back to Kenosha, WI, and “J’s Custom Painting” is started out of their two-car garage.


CPV's first shop off of I-94 with a custom painted car parked in front.

Jay and Donna Wright build their first shop in Racine, WI, and officially become Custom Painted Vehicles, Inc (CPV).


True-fire eagle custom tank.

CPV begins to build strong relationships with motorcycle dealerships and riders.


CPV launches special production painting for Case IH.


Custom-painted Harley-Davidson.

CPV  becomes a tier-one supplier of painted parts for a major US motorcycle manufacturer starting model year 2014.


Revival Limited Paint Set CPV painted this for Harley.

Revival Limited Paint Set (qty. 150) marks the beginning of 7 limited production sets for H-D.


CPV's new shop on Courtney Street that we moved into in 2017.

CPV moves into an updated 34,000 square foot paint shop.


Harley-Davidson replacement fender. Side-by-side picture with original part and CPV painted replacement part.

CPV becomes the only shop in the world with a Preferred Provider Agreement with H-D for obsolete painted parts.


CPV begins a 26,000 square foot expansion project

CPV begins a 26,000 square foot expansion project