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This Is a cool Jeep Auto Body Restoration job we did for a client I believe it was a 1966 Jeep 4×4
It came into the shop in pretty rough shape and in need of some serious love
The next step was to clean out the tub (inside floors and body ) then we chose to spray with our spray-on bed liner sometimes we
will do it in the beginning of the project and sometimes at the very end . In this case we wanted to shoot the liner in the beginning stages
so we could bring the final coat of indigo blue metallic over r the leading edge as you will see in the completed pictures .
This is the Famous AKA slink dog ( known as the Positive Pu r-swayer) ” great friend ” removing the wire tape on the bed-liner.
At this point you will see the Jeep back Taped and ready for the final coats of color to go on the dash and the push bars .
Slink Dog showing it some love !
This is slink Spraying the Push bars with gun metal poly .
The final steps in the Jeep auto body restoration in final color Indigo Blue Metallic factory Gm color .
This is Harold ( Aka the Worden ) He received this name for being the inspector if it didn’t pass his inspection
He knew it wouldn’t pass mine . Another Great friend that learned the Auto Body Restoration trade form me .
Harold an excellent carpenter ( they also make great Auto Body Men ) I have found If they are good at that trade
they will also excel in Auto Body .
This is the finished product and the Client was tickled Pink !
The ultimate Jeep Cruiser
Normally the new cars require a primer sealer on the new sheet metal parts then a few coats of base color and 2-3 coats of high grade urethane clear coat to match the OEM finish . When we refinish the classic cars It can be a very different procedure with body work and multi coats of primer and blocking the primer to straighten the sheet metal .
Once the sheet metal is ready for paint Then the base coats are applied usually 4-5 coats of base and 3 coats of clearThen the car is sanded with 500 grit wet sand paper and 600 grit then an additional 3-4 coats of flow clear is applied ( look below )
I challenge you to ask yourself a question if you are spending the money ( or investing ) on Auto Paint in Cape Coral and Fort Myers
Give us a call or stop buy we have cars and trucks that we have Repaired and Restored all over the country .
Automotive Paints are very expensive and when you are looking to Refinish your car or truck you want to make sure the shop you chose will preform the proper prep procedures before spraying your car.
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Are you looking for the Best Spray on Bedliner Service in SWFL Florida ? Well you are at the correct website. Take a look at the pictures below and also you can check out our Bedliner Projects for other fine examples .
What do you really need to look for when seeking a spray on bedliner service provider?
Below you will see one of the best spray on bedliner materials in the world. The texture of the Reflex spray on bedliner is second to none,
way better than the other brands used in our area. Reflex Bedliners are very tough, UV resistant and with matching pigmentation, your vehicle will look better than a new one.
We take serious Pride in our work since the early days in the 1980 s we have been Restoring Classic & Muscle Cars while providing Collision Repair and auto paint services for customers all over the USA . Clients ship there cars to us from all 4 corners of the country to get there cars and Trucks Restored.
What might this have to do with A Spray on Bedliner, you might ask, and its a very valid question.
The answer is simply who would you like working on your car, truck, boat? A company that has recently started and has no experience in dealing with expensive vehicles, or a company that has thousands of automotive restorations?
We spray many liners on boat floors, boat trailers, jeeps, recreational vehicles, car bumpers & floors... Clients are driving from Tampa, Miami, Naples and of course all of Lee County because they recognize the quality we put out for our customers.
Check us out. We are the Best Spray On Bedliner in SWFL. Feel free to send any questions and we will happily book in your next Project .
Palm Beach Customs is a skilled and certified high quality auto paint workshop serving Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Charlote County in SWFL.
Below is just a small sample of the award-winning paint works we’ve done mostly on restoration projects. Feel free to browse our site and get in touch with us for more info.
Bring your Classic Car Hot Rod and Sports Cars To Palm Beach Customs. You will receive a Complete estimate and a Time Frame ( schedule ) to complete your Project .
The Owner John Russo Grew up in a Family Business That was quality and production orientated. This has allowed his team to produce over 500 completed restorations since the early days of 1980.
The Finest Auto Body Paint Jobs In Fort myers Florida
This is an old military Hummer that we custom painted painted here at Palm Beach Customs. We do all sorts of auto body paint jobs from small projects to big ones, so don’t be shy to drop in or contact us!
When you are looking for a Collision Repair in SWFL and the Fort Myers surrounding areas you need to ask your self some smart questions. Simply taking your car to any shop in the area is not a smart move. Please read on i’m going to go against the grain here and educate a bit on what has happened in the Auto Body Industry. With out rambling on for too long im just going to cut to the facts quickly. I have been in the business as a shop owner since 1980 ( 33 years as of now) and my shop originally was up north. Like most all of us seeking a warmer climate moved to Swfl. I ran what people would call a state of the art shop. We were known as the Heavy hit Collision Repair specialists. We had 6 tow trucks towing for the police at all times and pulled in some pretty mangled up cars and trucks. Along with two Car-o-liner Uni-body Frame machines with measuring we also had a drive on rack for the trucks that came in. In the earlier days the shops had a better handle on the repairs and worked for the customer providing a service (like it should be) and negotiating with the major insurance companies on how your car repair should be done (Amica, Nationwide, Allstate, Geico, Progressive). That was before you heard of Direct Repair Shops.
What happened originally is all the auto body shops that were starving for work signed up as “direct repair “ and thought it was their answser for bad marketing. They liked the idea of work coming in with little effort. They did not realize they would be making concessions in how (your ) car will be repaired. The insurance company wanted to control costs so they fed the auto body shops their customers. Directly this caused all sorts of problems and anti steering laws were created and adjusted because it benefited the insurance company to send the consumer to their “preferred shops” so they can tell the shops how to fix the cars and keep their cost down. This is not a good idea when you are fixing a car to pre-loss condition. For the simple fact the insurance company will push used parts and aftermarket (non OEM) on the shops that they are feeding. I hope you get the picture that that is not the proper way to fix your vehicle after its been in an accident. You deserve new original equipment parts (OEM ) and that is exactly how we repair the cars to pre-loss condition at our shop. We don’t settle for used quarter panels and used parts and many times it is actually cheaper to do the job correct the first time. Period end of discussion and I hope you can see the difference on your Mercedes Benz, BMW or Ford f150. We fix them all and it sure makes a difference in the quality of the repair when the shop is using new OEM parts and not used (LKQ) replacement parts.
The other aspect I will touch on is the shop you pick to repair your car should be a careful decision. I recommend using a shop where the owner is on the job and one person works on your car this way the tech is updated with every aspect .Why? Well, if one person is working on your car taking it apart and writing the estimate along with ordering the parts your best interest (the car will ) have all procedures completed properly. No middle men, no mistakes, just a good quality repair from a trained Icar certified collision tech. When there are to many hands in the project mistakes are made and you do not get the same quality repair.
I hope this helps you with the basics of picking a good repair shop your auto body needs .
Take a look at the classic cars and the love we have for the Auto Body business on our site map HERE
It is not a job for us, it is our passion.
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Another beautiful 1940 Ford Frame off Restoration at Palm Beach Customs what a great car!
During the 1940’s Ford produced about six car designs. This was the standard that was provided in the automobile industry to car manufacturers in that particular year. In fact, the 1940 ford is considered as the iconic classic vehicle for car enthusiasts. The inclusion of V-8 engine and style is stated be the best “hot rod” for the classic car lover. At Palm Beach Customs we provide exclusive car restoration services including classic vehicles like the 1940 Ford. Recently we had the opportunity of providing car restoration and auto paint services to a fellow car lover Teddy hired John Russo a specialist automotive restoration expert for the body metal work and paint refinishing.
The inclusion of V-8 engine and style is stated be the best “hot rod” for the classic car lover. At Palm Beach Customs we provide exclusive car restoration services including classic vehicles like the 1940 Ford. Recently we had the opportunity of providing car restoration and auto paint services to a fellow car lover Teddy hired John Russo a specialist automotive restoration expert for the body metal work and paint refinishing.
When a classic car requires restoration with services provided for body and paint, the vehicle must be brought to its bare metal at first. Such a procedure allows you to view any damage or even rust. The car’s exterior surface gets a complete metal striping and sandblasting. We use New Jersey silica along with a final dusting of DuPont star blast the star blast removes any containment’s from the metal therefore we are able to instantly apply a metal etching epoxy primer after the sandblasting procedure is completed. On this 1940 Ford frame off restoration we removed the body and frame for blasting and metal work. The car gets finished with a high quality urethane base coat and high solids clear coat by PPG refinishes. Once the body and paint refinishing is completed then all brand new wiring, chrome and rubbers are installed with fresh glass .
Teddy was a veteran repair shop owner in Hartford Ct. and remarks: “No one restores a car as efficient as John Russo”. He became engaged seeing Russo at work and kept admiring his skills and expertise in the task. He completely loved the restoration of his 1940 classic Ford and congratulated our specialists worked at Palm Beach Customs. The front and rear bumpers to the Ford required re-chroming with a three stage process copper, nickle then chrome. The interior was a Lebanon and Bonny kit carpeting with the re-upholstered seats door panels and headliner. The vehicle’s authenticity is maintained by using the original factory colors as well as the materials designed for the specific model.
The classic Ford from 1940 was not the only auto that was restored at Palm Beach Customs, but there are series of such amazing works that we have done in the past. Our store at Fort Myers, Florida is popular among the local people and also several places far off with the incredible response that we’ve acquired on our services. Teddy kept up to date with how classic cars like the 1940s Ford are restored in the present times. He also indicated how several such owners are looking to bring out these priceless possessions and relinquish the glorious past. Teddy was also very impressed with the other restoration procedures at our shop and our attention to detail and time. Once the car was completed he was excited to take his wife for an ice cream. Like back in the days they were dating.
At Palm Beach Customs John Russo originally started his business with fleet and heavy equipment repair so you wouldn’t be surprised to see that Fleet Refinishing Services, Truck Lettering and Spray on Bed-liners are part of the menu at Palm Beach Customs School Buses, Fire Trucks, Police and local business. With a fresh look and Logo design to display the company Brand and Message feel free to check out the pictures below of Joe Capalbos Shore line Sanitation’s new roll off pumper truck. It is a real cool concept to utilize one truck for multiple jobs. Please give us a call for any Fleet Refinishing Services, Truck Lettering and Sprayon Bed-liners.
Looking for classic car or muscle car restoration services in South-West Florida? Consider this: Palm Beach Customs in Ft. Myers has a track record of over 500 restoration jobs since the early 1980s. When it comes to car restorations, this is the Go-To place. There are over 500 happy clients to vouch for this.
Classic car restoration services require considerable skills and insight to be successful. In fact vintage automobiles that are no longer in production can be worth a lot of money. The process involves repairing classic cars to restore back to its original condition. Such kind of restoration work involves:
Palm Beach Customs is dedicated to provide extensive vehicle restoration services, including classic car restoration works. Located in Fort Myers, our store offers parts and components to car owners that are difficult to acquire. There is also the inherent issue of wear and tear that exists with regular usage of automobiles which can be maintained by our service techs at work.
Muscle car and hot rod restoration offers you your dream car. These fuel guzzling monsters once used to rule the streets. In the age of engine efficiency, these muscle cars come to be known as classics. Such cars include both muscle cars and hot rods. Our specialists at Palm Beach Customs have still held on to the most popular muscle cars of that time. Not because it’s a classic but since its appearance and design is coming back in the cars today.
Order your muscle car restoration at our store we’ll get it restored for you. These cars require maintenance and proper care to ensure that they remain in good state for years to come. Restoring muscle cars like Ford’s Mustang to life can be performed by suitable mustang restoration. For many owners these restoration services become a necessity. Restoring this amazing American motoring icon to mint condition brings a smile to any car lover’s face, guaranteed.
Ever since its first year of production in the year 1964, the mustang body has allured many people. This two door classic muscle car has acquired great recognition and is considered one of the most popular vehicles around the world. Even the 57 chevy acquired immense accolades during this time which packed a real punch on the performance and mechanical front. It scores high points due to its style and design which was unseen previously. This new highly styled version of pickup trucks becomes the most recognized symbols of that time. At Palm Beach Customs we work on your car to restore to original or custom whichever you prefer.
In 1968 Ford Mustang got a body expansion which made it look massive with included features as well. However, by the time the 1970s had arrived, the Mustang could no longer be stated as the sleek elegant pony car it was originally styled to be. Our specialist service techs at Palm Beach Customs provide exclusive mustang car restorations and making the car of your dreams within your specified budget. Our range of services includes classic and antique car restoration, lettering, bedliners, collision repair works and more.
With over 500 car restorations completed for our customers since the early 1980s, consumers now have great choices in our services that have only evolved with time. In 2009, the new concept of the Camaro hit the big screen making a comeback in the movie “The Transformers”. In 2011, Camaro celebrated its 45th year in production.
Order your classic car or muscle car restoration from Palm Beach Customs. It’s your choice:
In United States peoples’ dream is to own a vintage car. There are many car lovers who tend to get these valuable possessions restored to enhance the performance and appeal. Getting your classic car restored is an extremely satisfying activity. Choosing the right assistance in the field becomes necessary to guarantee maximum pleasure, and with over 500 restorations, Palm Beach Customs is the best place in South West Florida for a car restoration job.
Please feel free to ask us any questions on your next car restoration project
Your car is your life on the road.
Up-to-standard repair work of your vehicle is literally a life-saver. This is why the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers training programs for collision repair technicians.
Palm Beach Customs in Ft Myers is a ASE Certified Repair Shop, because John Russo, the owner and head technician holds the ASE Collision Repair Technician certification.
John Russo has earned a specialty certificate in Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, which qualifies him as an ASE Collision Repair Technician. Coupled with hands-on repair experience since 1980, you can be absolutely sure that your car will be treated with complete professionalism, and the repair job will be to a like-new level.
Thanks to this formal education and experience, your vehicle will be repaired to factory specifications. This means you will have the car back to a pre-crash geometry of the suspension, which ensures your car will not “pull” to the left or right so you won’t need to steer it back on track.
Also, you will be worry-free because the repair procedure, all the welding and body-work will be done according to factory specifications, ensuring that the vehicle is structurally as sound as it was before the crash.
So, don't hesitate.
Rest assured that your vehicle will be repaired to factory specifications (or better), and the paint job will be flawless, for pre-crash looks of your car.
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