No, the truck never has been red. I did however do a little painting on the passenger side. I t was a silver truck originally with the trim peice running down the lengths of both sides. Well the previous owner taped off the trim (instead of removing) and painted the truck black. When I got it the trim was all coming off so It had a big ugly silver stripe with rivets. I grinded down rivets, welded up holes, little body putty, and shot it with krylon for now.