How Prestige Paintworks can help you...
Practitioners of Automotive Restoration
Prestige Paintworks will undertake any aspect of vehicle bodywork repair from a minor blemish to a full body restoration and everything in between.
Prestige Paintworks have built a reputation for consistently delivering excellence, so in our opinion we have made it easier for those daunted by the decision of who restores their pride and joy. With so many companies claiming to be restoration specialists when often the reality is really quite the opposite. Some claiming to be restorers and doing everything in house when in fact many outsource an integral part of the process, the body and paint, which in truth is the where the heart of any restoration is then claim the merit for themselves. Recommendation should be high on anyone's criteria when making a decision and your own due diligence should also be factored, the cars that the potential restorer currently has in, the clients they have on their books, the feedback you get with the restorer themselves even and how confident they are and make you feel that they are the right company for you should all play a part on deciding who eventually restores your car. Now in our 10th year of trading and with some fantastic cars having been restored by ourselves over that period we capped off 2018 with a DB 2/4 Mk1 Drophead that scored 86 points at the Spring Concours at Englefield House taking 2nd place then 91 points and 1st at the AMOC Autumn Concours at Hoghton Tower. 2018 was our first year for one of our cars entering an AMOC Concours event and a fantastic platform to showcase the standard of bodywork and paintwork we provide for our clients and re assurance your car will be in safe hands.
Transparency, honesty and passion for this craft is the core of the business, knowing exactly what you are getting and from whom, we project manage the restoration from start to finish and communicate with owners regularly and with the specialists on the few elements we don't do ourselves so the restoration is an enjoyable experience rather than an arduous one.
We accept we can't be experts in everything, nor do we need to be, so engine - gearbox - diff rebuilds - upholstery and chrome plating are the five elements we outsource to our carefully chosen and trusted marque specialist partners who share our work ethic, whilst every other element is dealt with in our purpose built restoration facility housed with all the necessary specialist equipment and knowledge to carry that out.
We are a small team of experts, artisan's if you like dedicated to providing high-end automotive restoration and have been building a reputation that's being recognised and utilised by some very well respected companies known the world over. We pride ourselves in constantly trying to improve our processes and with our meticulous attention to detail where "that'll do" simply won't...
For those wanting something extra it can go beyond putting it back to original too, we improve it wherever possible with sympathetic upgrades, whether that's by using more modern techniques or using better materials etc, we simply want to achieve the best result we possibly can.
We are fortunate enough that a large part of our workload is for private collectors where zero compromise is the objective with as much attention and time taken on the parts you don't see as the ones you do, so much effort goes into even the smallest detail to make these cars as close to perfect as one can possibly make them so they can be their absolute best on the concours lawns. A zero compromise restoration depending on how good the condition of the project is to begin with can typically take in excess of 4000 man hours to complete with some having taken in excess of 7000 so it doesn't take much to realise that doesn't fit with everyone's budget, we appreciate that and its certainly not something remotely achievable on a 'fixed price restoration' offered by many other restorers where inherently compromises are made to make the restoration come in on said budget. Little things like powder coating a chassis and suspension parts for example will not receive the same attention being prepared for powder coat as they would be if they were being prepared for painting. They just wont have had the same level of labour input so can't honestly be compared in a monetary term. Is powder coating as good as wet painting ? Quite honestly that's down to the individual but we don't believe it is, but it can save thousands of pounds, we can only give our experienced opinion and advice. It's all down to what the customer wants as a finished product and is prepared to pay for at the end of the day.
Practically all our work is from recommendation as we rarely advertise our services but on the rare occasions we do its usually in a marque specific magazine for example 'Vantage' for the Aston Martin enthusiasts.
Our niche is predominantly Aston Martins with models ranging from the Feltham era DB2’s of the 50’s through the DB4's, DB5's and DB6’s and latterly the DBS 6/8's and AMV8's.
Although Aston Martins dominate the workshop we don't discriminate other marques that carry the "Prestige" status, Jaguars and Ferraris are fairly commonplace here too with at least one E-Type usually with us at any given time. Pre war GP Mercedes and Auto Unions sometimes make appearances as does a Grand Prix winning Bugatti Type 51 although that has sadly now gone to the USA. We have had an ex Graham Hill winning Lotus 16 passed through our purpose-built facility for paintwork and we are also able to carry out complex composite repairs in house too as we have done on a Brabham BT8 and Rainer Becker's Porsche 910.
All our restoration projects are recorded photographically from start to finish so the journey of the vehicle is always well documented. We are fortunate enough to have one of Europe’s leading infinity cove studios on the same site as our restoration facility, making it possible to provide some truly stunning imagery of your vehicle once the restoration is complete.
Please contact us if you would like more information or to discuss a particular project that requires that personal touch.