Phil trained as a coach painter in the mid to late sixties. The greater
part of his career as a painter has been spent painting,graining,
signwriting and decorating traditional narrow boats. Recently however he
has broadened his area of activity to include the hand painting of
classic vehicles to a very high standard. He is more than
willing to travel anywhere in the UK to work in the customer's own
premises as long as the conditions provided are suitable.
I thought I'd drop you a line concerning my week spent with you learning and improving my coach painting skills.
I have, in recent months, had discussions with several paint shops local to me in North Devon as I am currently restoring a couple of classic vehicles which will require new paint jobs in due course.
I have become disillusioned at times when talking to some of these car sprayers. I have found it difficult to get any accurate idea of what a paint job might cost without hearing little gems such as "it depends how far you want to go with it" or " Well I don't know what I'm going to find " etc etc. Needless to say, this doesn't inspire me with any confidence.
Having previously owned a narrow boat, I was aware that some coach painted boats carried an extraordinarily high standard of finish, with just the odd hint of a brush mark here and there in their deep, glass-like, glossy paintwork.
This was what led me to contact you. I wondered whether it might be possible to coach paint a car to a very high standard and whether I might be able to improve my skills to the extent where I would be able to undertake the work myself.
Having now spent a week of one to one tuition with yourself I can honestly say that I am SHOCKED at what can be achieved when applying the right techniques and using high quality coach enamel.
Of course, preparation and dust control are extremely important, regardless of what method of applying paint is used, but having now experienced what is possible using these "old school" methods, I feel certain that it would require a very expensive, many layered, sprayed finish to come anywhere near the depth and quality achievable with high quality coach enamel.
I hope the above comments may be of some use to you and might help "spread the word" in the future.
Many thanks, Martin Briggs.