I was introduced to Chris and Prestige Paintworks in 2010 when another garage outsourced the bodywork and paint on the restoration of my 1972 TR6, owned since 1982, to him. This was very fortunate because in relation to that car, my son's pride and joy now, it was the only thing done properly in a disaster lasting 3 years. Since that introduction I have entrusted him with some other projects. The Aston Martins DB2/4 Mk1, DB Mk3, and DBS that you see on his website, and the now completed E Type Series 3 V12.
I can honestly say that I do not BELIEVE anyone anywhere, produces work of the quality Chris and his team have delivered consistently over the last 8 years. This is supported by the fact that many well-known leading firms outsource their work to him either because they don't do bodywork, only mechanicals, or because they simply cannot match the quality that Prestige Paintworks deliver. But they won't tell you that.... Additionally, the labour rate is very reasonable, and all parts sourced are charged " open book “, and at cost.
Further, he has often researched and found better quality parts from recognised experts that are cheaper than those supplied by some of the well-known " names ".
The team are a pleasure to deal with, you are free, even encouraged, to visit at any time, and any deviations from plan are agreed and costed prior to undertaking the relevant work.
If you are considering a project, give it to Chris - you will not be disappointed.
"Being relatively new to the classic car restoration business we relied heavily on the advice and counsel of those we had chosen to do the work. To this end, Chris and his team at Prestige Paintworks were a pleasure to work with being always willing to spend time with us both in person and by phone or email, providing detailed and accurate updates on progress and explanations on the issues which inevitably surface during these projects. It felt like we formed a real partnership and worked together to achieve the desired results and that the team at Prestige were as engaged in achieving a great final outcome as we were. Once completed, the results speak for themselves as we receive invariably positive feedback on the quality of the restoration from both people in the trade and passers by.
We would not hesitate to work with Chris and the team again".
David & Maria Yeoman - DB6 Volante 2017
"Chris’s enthusiasm for the marque and professionalism is echoed throughout his highly skilled team. The “operation” completed on my Aston was fastidious, giving perfect results."
Roger Couch, Aston Martin Owners Club, Sussex Area, Assistant Rep.
"When the finest cars for the most discerning customers in the world need painting, Crosthwaite & Gardiner only trust Prestige Paintworks. Whether it be period correct lightweight, no filler, cellulose work on a historic racing car, or the ultimate blemish free, durable, deep shine touring car, the detail and level of finish is always exceptional."