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Tuesday, 24 May 2022 14:22

Head Painter Uses ANEST IWATA Spray Guns to Bring Customers’ Visions to Life

Written by Autobody News Staff
Juan "Munch" Gonzalez, head painter at Valhalla Restoration & Fabrication in Port Murray, NJ, exclusively uses ANEST IWATA spray guns. Juan "Munch" Gonzalez, head painter at Valhalla Restoration & Fabrication in Port Murray, NJ, exclusively uses ANEST IWATA spray guns.

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Juan “Munch” Gonzalez has been the head painter at Valhalla Restoration & Fabrication in Port Murray, NJ, for 10 years.

Valhalla Restoration & Fabrication
Location: Port Murray, NJ
(908) 223-1136
valhallakustom.com

Facebook: @ValhallaKustom
Instagram: @valhallarestoration

 

Company at a Glance…
Type: Automotive Restoration
Facility Employees: Five
In Business Since: 2010
Number of Locations: One
Production Space: 11,000 square feet

 

“It’s fun,” Gonzalez said. “There are days where it’s work, but there are a lot of good days where you feel accomplished when it’s done.”

 

Valhalla is a nearly full-service automotive restoration shop---they do everything in-house other than upholstery---with a team of five, creating custom works of art out of everything from classic restorations to muscle cars.

 

“These are cars that have sentimental value,” Gonzalez said. “Childhood car, first car, father’s car. We build a relationship with the customer, build a bond and a connection. I still talk to some whose cars I did 10 years ago.”

 

Anest Iwata cars

Gonzalez said his ANEST IWATA guns lay down base and clear coats so smoothly, it takes less sanding, buffing and polishing to make a paint job gleam.

 

Gonzalez, 46, got into the industry as a teenager, hanging around family members who did “anything automotive.”

 

“I love cars, so that was really the push point,” he said.

 

When he was 17, he got his first job in a shop, sweeping floors and prepping parts. That was also where he started learning how to paint cars.

 

A couple of years later, he got a job at a more extensive shop. After his boss got into an accident, Gonzalez had to step up and paint.

 

“I messed up a lot of cars,” he said with a laugh. “It wasn’t easy, but I could see the progression. It taught me a lot.”

 

Soon, he met a mentor, who started teaching him the art of restoration work.

 

“He taught me graphics,” Gonzalez said. “We would work on cars at night.”

 

Through his mentor, he met AJ Biancone, who was just getting started in the restoration industry. Biancone was opening Valhalla Restoration & Fabrication, but he didn’t have a painter yet. He hired Gonzalez.

 

“It’s a lot more challenging,” Gonzalez said of working in custom restorations as opposed to...


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