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Moortown Motors, paint shop

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Moortown Motors, paint shop
1962. Interior view of Moortown Motors Ltd., situated on Regent Street by the corner with Skinner Lane. Moortown Motors were concessionaires for Volkswagen and were part of the Arnold G. Wilson group of companies at the time. The company painted parts and body shells and claimed to have one of the only two plants in the UK that could reproduce a factory finish. This view shows the paint shop with the spray booths and drying areas on the right. Photograph courtesy of Don Smith who was manager of the paint shop at the time.

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Don Smith

As stated this Moortown Motors paint Shop could reproduce the paint finish same as that of the V.W. factory in Wolfsburgh, Germany. The piant was a syintheic resin which was forced air dried at 75c for 45 min. there was no wet sanding with 600 paper and polishing. The air for the spray and drying booths came in from outside through a bank of oil filters then heated in oil fired boilers then through ducting and more filters into the booths, the air in the drying booths was recycled back into the booth, the air in the spray booth was extracted through a water wash and out into the atmosphere. In this image on the back wall can be seen seat's and other upholstery from car's and van's, in front of that is part of the body shop were the panel beater's work, on the left there is a front hood on a stand waiting for paint also on the left painted part's hanging on the wall rack some could be waiting for shipment to other V.W. dealer's. This painshop painted parts for all the north of England and Scotland there was also a plant in London that did repair's and painted part for the south and west of England. That would be me in the white coat and the Forman in the brown coat.




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