The Interview: Tim Hall

bodyshop editor Simon Wait meets Tim Hall, owner of Hall Auto Cosmetic Repair, whose spray painting career got off the ground in the Royal Air Force.

Ask any spray painter to tell you about their most interesting refinish job and you’ll likely hear about a Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari or the names of countless classic cars. Ask Tim Hall, however, and he’ll tell you about repainting the Lancaster bomber used by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight crew. Or his time spraying camouflage colours on fighter jets or refinishing the planes flown by the Red Arrows.

The owner of Hall Auto Cosmetic Repair in Chesterton, Staffordshire learned his trade as a painter in the Royal Air Force, so he knows a thing or two about the ups and downs of refinishing.

“I’ve been in paint and refinish for 30 years and while in the forces I did my practical training and part of my apprenticeship at DeVilbiss in Bournemouth,” Hall said. “But the story of my journey, especially over the past two or three years, has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least.”

To read more, visit bodyshop‘s August issue.