Hi, my name is Josh Byland. I'm a Phoenix native and have been doing body and paint work since 2002. I have always had a real love for cars and design, and long ago had the revelation that repair and custom work could be an outlet for my creative side.
My first experience doing body and paint work was in a college class offered through GCC at the vocational high school Metro Tech here in Phoenix. It was here that I learned the basics, from cutting into a damaged car to finish work and painting.
With the experience and knowledge I had gained in these classes, I was able to gain employment at Bell Ford's paint shop where I worked for some time. I later moved on to Van Chevrolet where I also worked for a while.
After my rounds in the dealerships where I learned the level of quality expected when doing insurance work, I got a job back at Metro Tech High School. I was an instructional assistant for three auto body classes working with Juniors and Seniors. It was a good experience working with the kids, but I decided to move on because of the limited opportunities for advancement.
I then started a position at the salvage yard LKQ. I was at LKQ for three years and had a number of different responsibilities while there. I worked the front counter and phones selling used and new aftermarket parts. I also did eBay online sales, inventory on new cars coming in, as well as minor dismantling and part picking.
I left LKQ for a main NAPA store mixing and selling Martin Senour automotive paint when I was offered a position there. I worked at the main store for just under a year and was then transferred to a brand new store in Central Phoenix. Unfortunately, I was laid off when the economic crash hit to my lack of seniority at the new store.
After a short time of job seeking and unemployment, I suddenly realized that I finally had the freedom to pursue my true passion full time, and decided that opening my own shop would be the best way to express my creativity and passion for fine paintwork.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and I prefer to let my work speak for itself, so please go ahead and check out the gallery!