Our Story

Our paint comes directly from our in-state factories to our stores. This lowers shipping and warehousing cost. We use those savings to purchase higher quality ingredients and invest in research and development for the best paints for Michigan.

Paint chips never match the paint! Try before you buy! Get a free pint of our best paint when you join our color club or check in on Facebook while at our store. We can make it in any color that your eye can see.


Each member of our staff is a certified color expert. Stop by for help at our store and schedule an In home Consultation or email us your pictures and we will help you find your perfect paint color.


Since 1895 our family has been in the paint business in one way or another. My Grandfather's great uncles started out as painting contractors in and around the Detroit area. They branched out into paint store ownership with Rohr Paint in the 1930's and Jack C. Hermes & Associates in the 1950's.

In 1977, Tim Eisbrenner went to work for his father in law Jack C. Hermes. Tim, was ambitious and eager to grow a business. His ambition and big picture thinking was too much for his father-in-law at the time, so he left and went to work at a steel mill.

In 1979, he got a random call from a paint company sales rep asking him if he would like to own his own business. There was a store in Shelby Township that wasn't doing well. They were looking for a young ambitious business person to turn things around. In October of 1979, Tim Eisbrenner leveraged the only asset he had, a Honda motor cycle, and went into business for himself.

Over the years, he grew Shelby Paint & Wallpaper into 4 locations. After 35 years of selling national companies' paints and being frustrated with performance of these products in the Michigan climate, Tim Eisbrenner and his son, Brian, began searching the country looking for a better way to make paint. After years of rigorous independent testing the Eisbrenner's took their formula's to a local paint grinder in Lansing, Michigan and began manufacturing their own brand Motor City Paint Company.


We are the best and willing to put our money where our mouth is. We offer a double your money back guarantee because we want your feedback. If you don’t like it, we want your help in making improvements to our products.


We keep more money in Michigan. Our paints are made here locally, employing Michiganders who spend their money locally. In addition to our Michigan made paints, we use Michigan companies for services & products wherever and whenever we can.

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