Press Release (ePRNews.com) - CARLSBAD, Calif. - Jan 16, 2018 - Repairing and restoring vehicles is more than just a 9 to 5 job for Guillermo Osorio, owner of Classic Vision Restoration in Burbank, CA — it’s his passion.
During a typical day at the shop, Guillermo and his son, Brian, may work on a 1936 Bentley, a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr, a 1948 Delahaye and a 1971 DeTomaso Mungusta—all worth at least $100,000.
Currently, the shop is focusing on a one-of-a-kind project for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a prestigious automobile charitable event held at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. Vehicles are included in the competition on an invitation-only basis. Guillermo was asked to restore a very rare 1940 Packard manufactured by Rollson for the event. The aluminum-bodied vehicle is believed to be the only one in the world.
We used Dominion Sure Seal on the vehicle we worked on for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We used it on the floor panels of the car to seal anything that we were going to put carpet on, and also used it to spray in small areas. We used Dominion Sure Seal products on this vehicle, everywhere we could, because of the quality.
Guillermo has worked on vehicles for the world-renowned event for the past 12 years. “It’s unbelievable to see these types of cars and the restorations around the world,” he said.
Over the years, Classic Vision Restoration has been awarded two Best of Show awards and six Best in Class awards for vehicles Guillermo has worked on for the event. In addition, the shop received awards at the Santa Barbara Concours, Newport Beach Concours, Rodeo Drive Concours and Los Angeles d’Elegance.
An immigrant from San Salvador, Guillermo started as a painter’s helper cleaning cars, stripping them down, cleaning the metal and sandblasting parts. Over time, he gained a reputation for doing extraordinary restoration work.
After five years there, he took a job as a painter for nearly a decade at Hill and Vaughn, a car restoration business owned by award-winning race car driving legend Phil Hill and his partner, Ken Vaugh. While working on high-end vehicles at the shop, he learned the importance of utilizing top-of-the-line products. When he opened Classic Vision Restoration in 2004, he made it a priority to put the same time, effort and quality into his projects.
“I am the first person in the shop and the last person in the shop every day,” said Guillermo. “I want to make sure everything is the way people love to have it.”
An important part of this is utilizing top-of-the-line products for all the vehicles that come into the shop. He often finds customers ask him to work on their cars even when they have a simple fender-bender. “They don’t want anybody else to touch them, because I use the same products and quality that I use for the classics,” he said.
About five years ago, his paint rep, G & M Paint, suggested that Classic Vision try using Dominion Sure Seal products in the shop. “The competition is stiff out there,” said Guillermo. “As a painter, I have to test each product before I can say, ‘Let’s use it for everyday cars or for classic cars worth a million dollars.’”
He was impressed with the products and began using them on some of the vehicles in the shop. He quickly realized the products helped him achieve excellent results, and now uses them on a daily basis.
Some products he often depends on are Dominion Sure Seal’s Fast Dry Undercoating and Dominion Sure Seal’s E-coat. “I can use them on [all] vehicles—everyday vehicles as well as classics,” said Guillermo.
He has also found tremendous benefits using Dominion Sure Seal 1K Aerosol INSTANT CLEAR COAT. “The result I get when I spray is very unique and gives me a great finish,” said Guillermo.
The shop also uses Dominion Sure Seal’s One Step Self-Etch primer. “It goes onto bare metal, and you can literally spray a good paint job after using the primer,” said Guillermo. “If you have to do a quick repair, the self-etching primer is the product to use, especially during emergencies when you need to touch up parts.”
Because the self-etching primer dries quickly, Guillermo said it also helps save cycle time in the shop. Since the product is so efficient, he used it on the vehicle he worked on for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“We used it on the floor panels of the car to seal anything that we were going to put carpet on, and also used it to spray in small areas,” he explained. “We used Dominion Sure Seal products on this vehicle, everywhere we could, because of the quality.”
His favorite part of the business, according to Guillermo, is the challenge of restoring a vehicle back to its original condition. “Every car, from the beginning to the end, has a different story,” he said. “I’ve worked for people who have cars that have been in their families for 80 years. I want to see their faces when I’m finished. It’s a feeling I can’t describe. I’m dreaming and not waking up yet.”
After 30 years of working as a painter, Guillermo’s son, Brian, has joined the business. “He sees the challenge and has a good eye,” said Guillermo. “It’s the greatest thing that can happen to any father—his son enjoying his involvement in the business. The reasons why I wake up every morning are my family and beautiful cars.”
Classic Vision Restoration
Company At A Glance:
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: Six
In Business Since: 2004
Number of Locations: One
Combined Production Space: 6,000 square feet
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