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The aims and ethos of "BRG"

I am committed to producing high quality traditional spray finishes on classic and vintage vehicles, with the depth of preparation and refabrication needed to ensure longevity. This is not the sort of service you can expect from the average body shop nowadays.

 I have been building vehicles for many years, although not as a living, and learned how to finish, prepare and spray vehicles from a top professional restorer and vehicle builder with over 20 years experience in the profession. I did this when faced with the need to spray my own vehicles and being frustrated at the dearth of professional sprayers who will put their heart into the job and not think purely of their pockets and that in a year or two, the customer will be long gone. This "apprenticeship" has extended into all forms of metal fabrication and assembly, and the following has made this a necessity.

I have found myself having to correct the short comings of other professional restorers who, while they seem able to replace metalwork after a fashion, and provide a skin deep beauty on what they out-shop, they don't provide the depth and detail needed for true longevity, probably because they have to work to times and budgets, not to speak of an element of "that will do". This is especially apparent in much of the metal work I have seen replaced by other restorers. Unseen from the eye, overlapped joints, plated over holes and frilly edged panels left under new metal seem to be standard practice for "that'll do" restorers, as the customer will never see it until it has rusted into holes again a couple of years later, and will probably think that a coating of "Waxoyl" will keep it good forever. It won't.  

Unfortunately, for a great many owners, this "that'll do" approach will indeed "do" because it's a bit cheaper and they themselves don't realise that beauty is a great deal more than skin deep, and going the extra mile does cost more. The "skin" of beauty however, is accounted for by a couple of hours with the spray gun. The rest of it is unseen. Going that extra mile in finishing makes all the difference in the longevity stakes and the longer term economy is in not having to have it done again; which hopefully will be apparent in the detail of the projects I will be describing here on their own pages. Hopefully this is what will convince you to come to me.

 I have taken early retirement from my profession as a Railway Civil Engineer in order to devote my full time to my mission to preserve as many classic and vintage vehicles as possible and to help you, the potential customer to do the same by my provision of that extra service to classic and vintage enthusiasts only.

I would add that while my latter profession was as an Engineer, my earlier days were taken up with graphic art, air-brushing, drawings and scale model building , (mostly scratch built railway locomotives and such), and finishing with spray airbrush or otherwise. I went to art college but most of the skills required in these operations had to be self taught. 

These things require a very high level of patience, eye for detail, passion, dogged persistence and determination, and high personal standards, to obtain satisfactory results. I have found that the same attributes are needed in car finishing and was surprised to learn that it is a very similar world in many ways.

As part of any service I may give to you, and to increase the provenance of your valued vehicle, I will provide a very comprehensive digital file of high quality photographs showing every stage of work from start to finish.

 While I use two pack primers for ultimate protection, I use traditional cellulose top coats for finishing, where appropriate, applied and finished in the traditional way, as this is what classic and vintage cars should be finished in, not a coat of plastic, so please don't ask for a two pack colour coat on your vintage MG! True enthusiasts only please! Apart from anything else, cellulose finish is maintainable and repairable, whereas two pack finish is not. This is another facet of the inherent practicality and longevity of the classic and vintage car.

Use your car all year round.

For those enthusiasts who wish to use their cars all year round, in all weathers, or who do not have ideal storage conditions; damp garages where condensation will occur inside panels and joints etc. I can offer the ultimate in protection now. I have started using aluminium loaded marine grade epoxy primer, which is used on ships, as a first coat, to be followed by further marine epoxies for surfacing purposes. These can either be topped by automotive two pack primer and two pack finish or cellulose finish, or probably the ultimate in preservation, marine polyurethane epoxy.

This process has been developed out of the regular seeing of fairly new restorations which have begun to break out in rust already.