Graphic Design & Refinishing Company


Pinstriping by Rat originated as a hobby from 1995-2013 in the Central Valley of California. It became an established family owned business in 2014 due to the increasing demand of people who had seen the custom work and personalization that we were doing to our personal vehicles and miscellaneous items.

Owner and founder Steve ‘Rat’ Franks heads the operation at Pinstriping By Rat with nearly 20 years of experience in pinstriping, hand lettering, graphic design and airbrushing. In 2013 Steve was approached by a long-time friend and professional Gunsmith about a new avenue to express his artistic talents, by applying KG™ or Cerakote™ to most anything. With this specialized refinishing process we are able to turn your off-the-shelf item into a truly unique, functioning tool. We not only improve the appearance, but increase performance and reliability.

We continue to grow our business out of this need, due to a shortage of skilled and available artists to produce this unique and truly custom artwork.  We pride ourselves in attention to detail, along with possessing decades of experience and skill in a trade that is often referred to as “Old World Craftsmanship”.

Statement Of Belief 


   are the most important people in our business


   are not dependent on us…we are dependent on them


   are not an interruption of our work – they are our work


   do us a favor when the call – we are not doing a favor by serving them


   are part of our business – not outsiders


   are not cold statistics…they are flesh and blood human beings with feelings and emotions like our own

These beliefs are why we take great pride in providing the best customer service possible.



Safety Disclaimer Pinstriping by Rat encourages parents to train their children in the lawful and safe use of firearms. Firearms painted in bright colors may look like a toy to CHILDREN! Please educate your children about gun safety and keep your firearms secured and/or in a safe to prevent unauthorized access to your firearms.  This is the end users is Responsibility to follow the Youth Handgun Safety Act and holds Pinstriping by Rat harmless from the end users improper misuse.