A Little About Us
Who are we ? Where did we come from? And what do we do?
Some questions that you may ask if you have heard about us, or searched for a local company that can repair minor paintwork damage to your car in Norfolk.
We had humble beginnings.
Gareth Kidman, the owner of Kidmans Paint and Detail, started taking an interest at a young age in making cars look their best. So much so that even before he started high school, repairs had started on family vehicles! His patience and determination to do things right and transform them into gleaming cars has always been there. Getting rid of scratches, scuffs and dents is only part of the story. Valeting was also a key part in the process. After school education he worked at a local USAF Airbase detailing cars, a great experience working on a variety of different vehicles. This expanded to include specialist car sales too and this is where the paint repairs started to gather pace.In his spare time, you’ve guessed it, back working on cars restoring a project Mini! Cutting his teeth into welding, fabrication and all aspects of preparation before painting.
With the project completed at the age of 16, he began work and training in mechanics at a local garage, and then to further his skills he also carried out training in the bodyshop field.
In 2004, back when ‘SMART’ repairs were still unknown in the UK as a viable option for Small to Medium paintwork repairs, he traveled to North Carolina USA to work for Paint Wizard, learning new time saving techniques that to this day are still implemented regularly.
His passion for perfection in paintwork soon took him to new areas, moving back to the UK to be close to family, he started work for a BMW dealership in 2007 in charge of their refurbishment department. Very soon after, a large franchise company contacted him to carry out these repairs for their top brand companies such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes and in 2008, he became completely mobile, travelling between dealerships in Surrey.Unfortunately the economic downturn at the end of 2008 meant redundancy loomed. Undeterred, he took the best decision possible in difficult times.
Kidmans Mobile Paintshop was born;
Over the past 5 years the company continued to grow steadily, with more and more demand for a high standard of work carried out by a company passionate about paint whilst keeping costs as low as possible. We believe we offer the best option in Norfolk to return your car to its best. If you’re selling, we guarantee to increase the value of your car to enable you to sell in the least amount of time possible.If you’re car has become damaged through no fault of your own, we will repair it to as good as new condition at a cost effective price.If the paintwork is looking tired, we guarantee to improve its condition by specialist detailing techniques that remove scratches, not mask them.If your wheels are kerbed, we can refurbish them too! Matching OEM finishes or something a bit a different like a change of colour or effect. From those early days fixing dents on family cars to the present, our goal has always been simple. We love cars, and we treat our customers cars with the respect they deserve. No matter the age, brand or cost, we put passion and pride into every job as if it were our own. And that is what sets us apart. We hope this has been a useful insight into our company, and if you have any questions or simply need advice we are always happy to help.