Like so many on this forum, I am here to sing the praises of Brent Budgor at Vintage Vendor.
I was well into the second year of a full restoration of my 1975 Norton 850 Commando MKIII when I decided the original tank wasn’t going to make the grade due to rust and sediment. I decided to purchase a new EMGO tank from Matt Rambow at CNW and see if I could get it painted by his painter. Due to the significant backlog with CNW’s paint guy I had to look for another high caliber painter to do a show quality paint on paint scheme.
I began searching the Access Norton™ forums and kept seeing Brent’s Vintage Vendor mentioned along with glowing reports on his attention to detail, paint options and his great communication. After a few email exchanges with Brent to discuss options and pricing, I had my selection and was convinced that Brent was they guy I wanted to do the work.
I carefully packaged up my tins and shipped them off to his place in Burlington, Vermont and received his confirmation of their safe delivery. Brent sent an email confirming the classic black and gold color scheme, refencing examples on his website. I responded affirmatively and soon thereafter received an email with a projected start and completion date. Three days after the start date, I received and email from Brent along with pictures of the: paint stripping process, metal correction, skim coat, primer, 1st color, stencil masking, 2ndcolor, stencil removal and clear coat. The pictures looked amazing. Satisfied that the work was done to my satisfaction, Brent directed me to make payment through PayPal and after the finished tins had hardened he would secure a separate shipping quote. A week later I received an email inquiring on the value I wanted to insure the shipment? Subsequently, Brent sent a shipping quote and I made payment again by PayPal. Brent carefully packed up my finished tins, box in box with packing chips on the perimeter. The shipment arrived in three days via UPS ground in perfect condition.
I was like a little kid on Christmas morning opening the package. Wow!!! The color depth of the black and crisp contrast of the gold set this off beautifully. I couldn’t have been happier with Brent’s craftsmanship, attention to detail and communication.
Brent, thanks for sharing your passion with all of us in the Norton community. - Jeff Detweiler”
If this is good to go I will post on Access Norton.