Prestige Paintworks can undertake a full or partial restoration of any automotive vehicle. Whether it's an accident repair to a full restoration or anything in between, we have the expertise to handle it.
Full inventories are given to all vehicles dis-assembled, with every detail and part being documented. There's a commonality in procedures across most of the restorations with one of them being all panel fit measurements, we log all panel fit, whether that's the actual gap size or it's transition into the adjoining panel, its all relevant information that needs logging before any dis-assembly begins. Once all the material is removed it often tells a different story. The biggest variable in cost is for the remedial work stage, corrosion and/or damage. This is the area where hours can be consumed with rectifying botched old repairs from periods of relatively low value and corrosion etc that simply cannot be seen until the car is stripped of all its fittings and material.
There really is no set price for this stage, only transparency and communication with the owner as to what path is taken in terms of cost/safety/necessity/aesthetics.
A full restoration normally requires chemical dipping or blasting the shell back to bare metal to have the best foundation to any restoration, any restoration that is not a bare metal one is always a risk because you can only guarantee your products on what they are being applied to. Any corrosion or previous damage is rectified and if necessary with the vehicle mounted on our Globaljig. It ensures the car is kept square and true and all suspension points etc are exactly where they should be, a necessity if you are replacing rear axle mounting points for example. Vehicles requiring extensive panel replacement are kept on the Globaljig for reference data etc as we are able to make the car far more symmetrical than they left the factory using the overhead beam attachment with numerical pointers that can give millimetre precision on any irregularities. All metal shaping, panel alignment bonnet, boot and door gaps are minimised in variation to a consistent 5mm. Lap welded joints can be lead loaded if the customer prefers too. The vehicles are then levelled with a fine skim of body filler, this leaves a flawless shape to the car and ultimately an unbroken reflection when painted. Once the bodywork and levelling is completed it is then epoxy primed for anti-corrosive protection and then given several coats of high-build primer.
This is then dry sanded before the car is then spray painted with the colour of choice and the bodywork flattened and polished to produce a flawless deep gloss shine.
A complete nut and bolt zero compromise restoration will include all the suspension and drive train getting overhauled too, items that can be sandblasted are, they are then epoxy primed and refinished in a gloss or satin black two pack polyurethane topcoat, the customer can choose their preference. Our aim is to leave no stone unturned so that what we produce is the best it can possibly be which is of course dictated by budget.
The vehicle is then refitted using new hardware, new plumbing and new/ refurbished components installed to complete the restoration process.
Engine, Gearbox and transmission rebuilds for Aston Martin and Jaguars along with Chrome Plating and Upholstery work are outsourced to our carefully chosen marques specialist partners, whilst everything else is dealt with in house.
All the cars we build have Evans Waterless coolant used instead of regular anti-freeze as its a far superior alternative with too many benefits to consider otherwise.