What is e-coat?
E-coat, or electro-coating, is the process used AFTER acid dipping and the metal repair work is completed. At this stage your car is then e-coated. E-coating is the process in which your car will be cleaned and readied to be dipped into a rust inhibiting agent, then dipped into a primer agent that will be electro-statically charged tank that will adhere the primer to the car. This is a process we typically recommend to our clients as it will help to preserve the restoration for years to come.
What is dipping?
Dipping, otherwise known as acid dipping, is a process used to prepare the metal on your car for the body and paint stage. Before this process, your car is completely disassembled down to it’s bare metal shell. The shell is then dipped in an acid chemical in it’s entirety to remove all the paint, filler, bondo, dirt, grime, and any other materials that have adhered to the car over the years. This is the most efficient method of clearing away the old to start rebuilding the new.
Does my car have to be dipped?
Mechanical is the most affordable but if you plan on doing more than just an exterior repaint, it’s usually not the route to go. This method does not eliminate all the rust.
Media Blasting is the best option IF YOU HAVE A RUST FREE vehicle. This method effectively removes all paint, primer, and filler products on your car but it will not remove rust in areas that cannot be reached. (Example: inside frame rails or rocker panels).
Acid Dipping is the best option for moderate to heavy rusted vehicles as it will clean absolutely everything off the metal.
What is a re-body?
How much does a restoration cost?
Do you offer estimates?
How am I billed?
Billing is done monthly. At the end of every month we create an invoice of all labor and parts that went into your project that month.
Can I set a monthly budget?
Yes. We deal with many customers who choose to set a monthly budget.
Do I pay sales tax?
If you live in the state of Wisconsin, yes.
Do you warranty your work?
Yes. If we do a full rotisserie restoration on your car, we will stand behind our work 100%.
Does changing factory options reduce the value of my car?
Changing factory options can affect the value depending on the car and the option. Contact us to discuss exactly what options you’re thinking of eliminating and/or adding for a more accurate answer.
How long does a restoration take?
An average restoration takes about a year. This time can vary drastically depending on your needs. If you set a small monthly budget, the project will obviously be slowed, whereas on the opposite end, we can also make a complete restoration happen in a few months if need be.
Is my car worth restoring?
Can you find me the car to restore?
Yes. If you don’t know where to look to find the appropriate project, we will definitely help you find the right one.
How do I get my car to you?
We offer enclosed transport and will come pick it up, arrange for a carrier to pick it up, or you can deal with a carrier of your choice.
Do I bring my car to you for evaluation?
If you live near us, feel free to stop by anytime during normal business hours or make an appointment. If you live out of state, we are more than happy to travel to you for the cost of travel. We do not charge an initial inspection fee for potential projects, we require only the travel fees.
How does your shop create the original look and feel of organosol?
Years ago we purchased a few cases of the original dicryl organosol used from the factory. Unless specifically requested, we do not use this on restorations due to it’s lacquer base (lacquer is not long lasting or durable). Instead we have formulated an exact product to use solely on our restorations.
How is your bodywork so straight?
Do you build custom cars?
We can build you a complete one-off custom car, a resto-mod, or simply customize an existing factory optioned car to meet your needs. Not everything has to be factory restored!
Would you build a car of OE certification?
What brand of paint do you use?
We use PPG.
Do you use reproduction parts on your projects?
Yes. There are plenty of good reproduction parts made today and plenty of bad ones. We know which are good and which are bad and will help you make the decision to go with original, reproduction or NOS.
Do you do everything in house?
How do I get updates of my restoration project?
We have a client login area on our website where ALL the photos we take of your restoration are stored. You get a login and can freely look through your photos anytime.
Do you offer storage?
We do. Rates are determined by the type and length of stay as well as if there are any special requests. There are no storage charges while your car is being restored. If you need to halt restoration for any reason we will work with you to work out a storage plan for your project.
May I contact some of your existing or past clients?
Serious potential clients may consult with past and current clients to get a feel for how we operate. We have nothing to hide. But due to the status of some of our clients and their busy schedules you must be a serious interest before we would put you in contact with them.
Can I help restored my car?
Yes. We don’t have any sort of policy that says “we do it all or not at all”. We understand the added value the client takes home with the finished product if they’ve helped create it. We will work with you in any way we can to make that possible. You tell us what you want to do yourself and we’ll make sure those projects are all yours.
If I do the mechanical work will you do the body and paint?
Yes. You can disassemble your car on your own and when you’re done let us know. We will arrange how to get the car to us. We’ll do our part (the body and paint work) while you’re rebuilding the mechanicals on your own. We’ll arrange the return transport of your vehicle for completion so you can begin reassembly. When you’re done with reassembly we will have to make arrangements to complete the final buffing process.
Will you paint my car if I do the bodywork?
Possibly. If you do the bodywork or have another shop do the bodywork, we don’t know what products were used, if it was stripped properly or a number of other variables. If you have a project you’d like to go this route with, please contact us so we can go over your specific needs and requirements.
Do you do partial restorations?
Yes. We will do any portion of your restoration you feel we could be of assistance with.
Do you do progressive restorations?
Yes. Similarly to setting a budget. Any sort of progressive restoration you want to work out, we are more than willing to try to make it happen.
Can I locate and purchase my own parts for the restoration?
Sure. If you have any of the parts needed for your project we welcome them. Feel free to even buy all your own parts if you want.
Why choose us?
Quality. Knowledge. Honesty.