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 are setting the standard in the South East of England for our high end paintwork and metal shaping services and especially for the restoration of Aston Martin's.
We are a small team of experts, artisan's if you like dedicated to providing high-end automotive restoration and are quickly building a reputation that's being recognised and utilised by some very well respected companies known the world over. We pride ourselves in our meticulous attention to detail and always deliver a top end restoration service beyond compare, whether it’s for our panel work or refinishing. 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 build focus 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. Its all down to what the customer wants and is prepared to pay for at the end of the day.
Some trade customers using our services insist on anonymity and discretion so a considerable percentage of our portfolio is not on this website nor our social media pages either so for the discerning collector who appreciates and wants the very best, you can be rest assured we will deliver a service that suits every clients personal choice. We would love to shout about the cars we have painted that are in museums and private collections but sadly we can’t but please feel free to browse our case studies for a few examples of the work we are able show you or pop over to our Instagram page @prestige_paintworks.ltd
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,
Occasionally there's a DBS 6 or AMV8 but Jaguars and Ferraris are fairly commonplace here too with at least one E-Type with us at any given time. Pre war 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. Even an ex Graham Hill winning Lotus 16 passed through our purpose-built facility for our services and we are also able to carry out complex composite repairs in house too.
One of the many projects our team are currently working on is a complete nut and bolt restoration for a private collector of a 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk 3 Drophead (one of only a few in the UK) that was parked in the previous owner’s garage in 1973 and was only re-discovered on his passing in 2014. It was sold later that year through the Aston Martin Works Bonhams sale with a guide price of £50k-£60K, some may remember its the very sad looking one in the catalogue. Not surprisingly it fetched considerably more due to its rarity and will be a truly stunning car when completed with practically every piece of the steel substructure requiring remaking due do corrosion and 90 percent of the aluminium outer skin has been re made in house using traditional panel beating and English wheeling methods, sadly becoming a dying art but we are doing our earnest in keeping it well and truly alive.
All our classic, prestige and historic 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 just a stone’s throw from our classic restoration facility, making it possible to provide some truly stunning imagery of your vehicle once the restoration is complete.
We try to hold annual Cars and Coffee mornings so enthusiasts can take a look around and talk about the projects we have in or something they be considering having done.
Our next one is May or June 2019 so we will keep you posted.
Please contact us if you would like more information or to discuss a particular project that requires that personal touch.