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A mechanic wears an Extreme Metal and Paint t-shirt and lifts the hood of a 1969 z28 Camaro
1964 Polara Hemi engine in foreground, and an old engine in background
1972 Chevy Truck C10 4x4
Front of 1937 Nash IRS engine upgrade to a Chevy 350 engine.
Metal Mechanic David Perry works on metal parts.
Paint tech prepares 1965 Ranchero in paint booth..
Front end of a Nash
Extreme Metal's techs gather for a meeting.
Tech working on metal parts.
Paint tech looks over a 1955 356 Porsche in the paint booth.
Jeff, the shop dog, and mechanic Rick Federmeyer working on a car in the background.
Paint prep tech Mike Valenti prepping parts.
Chris Odom and a tech look over a Cadillac in the paint booth.
Paint tech buffs the top of a 1965 Ranchero.
Shop dogs Mr. Magoo (Chiweenie) in foreground and Jeff (black lab puppy) curled up on the shop floor
1937 Nash without the front end, engine exposed, on a lift. Underneath a mechanic stares up and scra
1933 Ford Coupe on a lift


"From start to finish and even after delivery, Chris is generous in sharing his knowledge which has been invaluable."  
- Joe B. 1965 Chevy Corvair Corsa Turbo Convertible

At Extreme Metal & Paint we work with our customers to establish the level of restoration they desire. From a basic cosmetic clean-up to a full-on, blow-your-mind, high-end custom.

"They have far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone in need of repairs large or small."
- K.C. White, 1972 GMC

Chris Odom, the visionary behind Extreme Metal and Paint, started his business in 1995, and now has almost 50 years of expertise in restoring and customizing classic cars. A recipient of countless awards and a featured artist in numerous hot rod magazines, Chris's dedication to innovative customizations is unparalleled.


Chris's affinity for hot rods goes back to a fateful viewing of the iconic film, "American Graffiti," in 1973. He honed his craft while getting his hands dirty in high school auto and when he started working in his dad’s shop. When he was 19, he saw chopped VW Bugs zipping around Mazatlan, Mexico on a family vacation. Later this became the inspiration for his award-winning “Tic,” a 1937 Bug that earned a feature in VW Magazine and was hailed as a finalist in the Hot Wheels Legends Tour at SEMA in 2018.


At Extreme Metal and Paint, we are not just in the business of cars. We are in the business of making dreams come true and honoring the stories that have inspired our clients just as Chris was inspired. Your vision is our purpose, and your satisfaction is our commitment.

Our Mission

At Extreme Metal and Paint, our unwavering commitment is to transform your automotive dreams into reality, paying tribute to cherished memories.



Our Vision

Listening to your stories is at the heart of what we do, as we strive to offer you an exceptional and unforgettable experience. Quality is our foremost priority with each project, while also honoring your budget and timeline. In essence, these projects are like the birth of a new family member. We envision you like a proud parent whipping out the accordion-style photo wallet at a BBQ and proudly sharing pictures of your "new baby."


Core Values

Trustworthiness: We uphold honesty and transparency in all we do.​


We Deliver: We do what we say.​


Driving Dreams: We don’t sell cars. We deliver dreams.​


Innovative: We solve problems others can’t.


We Care: We genuinely care about our clients and their projects.


We are Extreme: Each one of us IS Extreme Metal and Paint.

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Shop Owner Chris Odom welds on an early 60s VW Bug

Chris Odom

Mechanic Rick Federmeyer welds parts.

Rick Federmeyer 

Technician Terry Rahm works on a truck.

Terry Rahm

Chris is the owner of Extreme Metal & Paint. He started the company in 1995 but has been restoring cars for over 40 years. He has won multiple awards for design and has been featured in a variety of magazines for his creative and innovative customizations.

Favorite: I love everything!

Rick is the shop manager at Extreme Metal & Paint. Meeting Chris in 1985 after he did a paint job on one of his cars.  He has been working with Chris ever since.  Rick specializes in wiring, suspension and engine work. 

Favorite Car: 1965 Ford Falcon

Terry has restored multiple of his own cars one of which was a 1930 Ford Tudor. Terry specializes in bodywork and paint work. In his free time he enjoys going crabbing/shrimping and spending time with family and friends. 

Favorite Car: 1930 Tudor, 1955 Chevy Delivery or a 1965 Mustang Fastback. He couldn't narrow it down to just one.

Tech Bryce Scottie cuts out fabricated parts from a sheet of metal.
Metal fabricator David Perry works on the underfloor of a 1956 Studebaker, clearly pocked with holes..

Bryce Scotti

Bryce is a jack of all trades and specifically enjoys manipulating objects. At Extreme, he has the freedom and team support to reach his highest creative potential.

Favorite Car: Bugatti Veyron

David Perry

Dave specializes in metal work and has been doing metal work for 20+ years. 

Favorite Car: 1935 Australian Ford Roadster UTE.


A stick figure, representing Olivia, the Office and Marketing Manager smiles and plays with a toy car.


Mechanic Daniel Marshall parepares to work on a 1966 El Camino with its hood up.

Daniel Marshall

Paint prep tech Mike Valenti buffs the hood of a Ford F-150

Mike Valenti

Olivia is the Office & Marketing Manager. Have a question? Olivia has (or will find) the answer! 

Favorite Car: 1965 Mustang

Daniel has a passion for mechanical and metalwork. He loves working on extreme vehicles because, "You can do anything. Everything here is art."

Favorite Car: 1964 & 1/2 Mustang

Mike started working on cars back in 1976. What interests him about cars? One word.


Favorite Car: 1950 Mercury

How We Got Here

“No one comes here because they want a fancy car. Every car that comes out of here is somebody’s dream,” founder and designer Chris Odom said.


Extreme Metal and Paint is the premier design studio for hot rods and custom classic cars in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. The shop has produced numerous award-winning projects featured in car shows like SEMA and in top magazines like Hot Rod, Volks America, Street Rodder, National Truckn’ Magazine, Cruzin, Super Rod, Classic Trucks and more.


Chris has been building hot rods and custom restomods for almost fifty years. His story starts where most automotive passions do, in his father’s garage.


Growing up, Chris’ dad worked at the US Post Office but also did side jobs, like home and auto repair. His dad did anything that required building, from sheet rock and bathrooms to building engines and fixing up old cars. Chris often hung around and picked up new skills, taking a particular interest in the unique look of classics.


“I was just naturally into cars,” he said.


Chris grew up in a period of funny cars and drag racing, street freaks, Big Daddy Roth and Rat Fink art, custom vans, and street machines. There was plenty to inspire a love for custom cars, but what really got him fired up was seeing American Graffiti in the summer of 1973.


Two years later, when he was 15, Chris’s dad bought a 1958 Ford F-250 for the tires, and Chris decided he was going to fix it up and make it his first car. He started working at a grocery store to pay for the materials and a new interior.


He managed to finish it just in time. At 16, with a license in hand, still warm from lamination, he drove his very own custom car into school.


“I almost wrecked it,” he said. “I tried to race a bus.”


He said he tried to turn a sweeping corner into the school and did a 180, ending up in the woods instead. But he also felt the speed of his own machine, and he was hooked. Not long after he bought fixed up another car, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. He couldn’t have been happier.


Then, in 1979, he showed up late for work and the grocery store fired him. At first, he said he felt defeated and kind of gave up. It was almost like he was determined to become a “bum,” he said. He even sold his cars to subsidize his own laziness. When asked how he overcame this period of his life, Chris described a day when his dad came into the house and asked, “Want to come help me in the shop?”


“I was like, why not,” Chris said. “I don’t have anything better to do.”


Soon he was in the shop working everyday, and his dad realized that together they could take on a full workload. Not long after, his father decided to leave the US Post Office to run his side business full time, dubbing it Evergreen Builders. Chris knows he could have continued down that path of laziness to his own detriment, and his gratitude shows in how he mentors new techs today.


When he joined his dad’s business, Chris started painting cars, and his dad focused on the mechanical work. Chris also found an artistic outlet in the metal and bodywork involved in rebuilding classic cars. They continued home repairs too because those jobs earned more money than autos. Yet, Chris couldn’t take his attention off learning new hot rod skills, and he started taking classes in the ‘80s.


“I always wanted to do hot rods. I wanted to build cool stuff,” Chris said. “Dad didn’t like it though because it was a money loser. Artistically, it was fun, but financially, it’s a tough game.”


Eventually, they moved from working at their house to a shop in Mill Creek, Washington. Chris continued to develop his skills at Evergreen Builders until 1997 when his dad brought in a “pencil pusher” type to help the business make more money. He recommended stricter business practices and less family dynamics. In retrospect, Chris said this was a good thing for the business, but at the time, he was cocky and didn’t follow the rules, so his dad gave him the boot.


Chris’ had spent enough time watching his dad run a business that he had already been dreaming of how he’d do it himself, so he set out to start his own shop. Without capital, he got started by advertising his services in the local magazine Little Nickle Classifieds. He went to people’s houses and did metal and bodywork in their garages. Eventually, he saved enough to rent a stall behind a strip mall, and then he expanded into renting half a shop in Everett, WA.


“I had to do or die and that’s how I learned the whole trade,” he said.


He chose the name Extreme Metal and Paint because it described what he wanted to do. He wanted to run a custom car business that didn’t say no to high-end and extreme projects. When other shops ran into unsolvable problems and couldn’t finish, he wanted to be the guy who found a solution and delivered.


“When you say you’re going to do something, you do it. Or don’t say it,” he said. “I go out of my way even at my own expense to figure out how to fix it. Be careful what you ask for because I’ll make it happen.”


By 1999, Chris had enough success to purchase a plot of land at 9870 Padilla Heights Road in Anacortes, WA and started building. He commuted from Mukilteo, WA for a year and half while renovating the house on the land and commissioning a 5,000 square foot shop. After the house was ready for move-in and once he installed a paint booth and purchased machinery for the shop, he was ready to take on customers.


He started spreading the word about Extreme Metal and Paint by building his own custom cars, like the Purple 1937 Ford Phantom Phaeton. He added that Rick Federmeyer’s custom built truck Nemesis, a 1954 Ford F-100, played a big role in their growth. Rick is Extreme’s shop manager and has worked with Chris on and off since the mid ‘80s. Chris describes Rick as the type of person who started taking things apart as a kid to understand how they worked.


“Rick’s truck really put us on the map, Chris said. “It was mentioned in what seemed like every magazine for a while.”


Chris said Nemesis was special because it was the first of its kind, a custom truck with a million different innovative modifications that all flowed seamlessly. The hot rods won awards, were photographed for magazines, and were included in some television shows. They became Chris’ primary form of advertising.


For the next several years, they worked on hundreds of cars and continued building their own unique custom classics and hot rods, like Tic, a chopped VW Bug that was one of the finalists in the 2018 Hot Wheels Legends Tour at SEMA.


Extreme was on its way, growing fast, until 2008 when the housing market crashed and the economy came to a screeching halt. It was one of the worst times in the shop’s history as Chris had to watch the number of projects dwindle to next to nothing and slowly let go of all his employees, one by one, even Rick. Keenly aware of how much people needed income at the time, Chris said it was one of hardest things he’s had to do as a business owner.


Once the smoke of the recession cleared, all the press and buzz Extreme had before was gone. Yet, Chris pressed on, much like he had at the beginning, building his list up one person at a time.


Eventually, he was able to start hiring staff again, but the restomod and classic car industry took a while to pick up again. After almost a decade, Extreme still wasn’t where it had been prior to 2008, and Chris wasn’t sure it would ever get back there.


Then, in 2017, he happened to hire some new staff who recommended some updated business practices. Suddenly, the phone started ringing, and the shop picked up more and more positive word-of-mouth.


Right away, he gave all his employees bonuses, followed by raises and new benefits, encouraging their high-quality workmanship. He added the newest equipment and technology to the shop to allow for even better customizations and modifications. He purchased more storage, so he could take on more clients and bought a brand new trailer to protect vehicles during transport. Chris invested everything back into the shop, so he could provide the very best for his clients.


Chris had learned his fair share about running a business in his 45 years of experience, yet he couldn’t help but recall that one lesson he left in his tracks at his dad’s shop all those years ago.


“I could build the cars but couldn’t figure out how to make money doing it,” he said. “Now there’s reserves, when before there was a lot of panic.”


Chris could finally relax and focus on his dream of “building cool stuff.” Then in 2020, Covid 19 reared its ugly head, and the world locked down.


“I was sure that was going to take us out,” Chris said. “It was 2008 all over again.”


He mentally prepared to have to let people go and watch his client’s dream cars disappear into their garages.


Yet, after the initial panic, auto shops were deemed critical services and were permitted to stay open. Everyone kept their jobs. And to everyone’s surprise, patrons of the classics and hot rod arts came flooding in, continuing the shop’s growth and even speeding it up.


Chris said 2022 was the best year Extreme Metal and Paint ever had. They were back to doing the most high-end and extreme projects. And Chris continues to do what he loves, bringing people’s dream cars to life.


“[Our clients] come in with a memory of a car they saw when they were 14 years old or the car their late father drove,” Chris said. “These projects are personal. They’re not just cars.”

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