About Tustin's Panel and Paint

Established 1953, Tustin's Panel and Paint serves the Western and Northern suburbs of Wellington.

For the customer we have two dedicated assessment areas and a customer reception area at the front of the shop - so there's no need to go near the work area.

As befits one of Wellington's largest collision repair shops we have:

  • two aligning bays and seven work bays for panel work
  • six work bays plus an oven for painting work

We also have the capacilty to store twenty-five cars under cover at night, alarmed and monitored.

People who make the difference

Staff at Tutkins: panel betters and spray painters

Tustin Panel and Paint employs a staff of 10:

  • Management- owner/operator - 1
  • Manager - 1
  • Office Manger - 1
  • Panel beaters - tradesman - 3
  • Panel beaters - apprentice - 1
  • Spray painters - tradesman - 3

Bruce Tustin. Bruce purchased Tustin's from his father in 1983. At that time it was a well established business. Bruce has grown the business to the operation that it is today.

We always have at least one apprentice in training at any one time. We see there is always a need to keep a well trained work force for the Panel and Paint industry in New Zealand.

The Tustin Colours

At the time of the rebuild of our paint shop, to install the paint booth/oven, we needed to repaint the building and also look at the branding of the company.

The logo is based around the Ford oval. The reasoning for this is to try and make the motor industry connection.

Colours of the buildings came from a colour consultant. The request was to find a colour scheme for the logo and the buildings.

This is easy said the consultant. Red and Green. Why Red and Green? Ferrari Red and British racing green again the motor industry connection.

Efficient Business Processes

Auto-Quote is a complete collision repair management system, incorporating debtors, creditors, profit and loss, cost estimation and payroll. The associated imaging package enables us to produce estimates with attached illustrations which are sent via the Internet to you and your insurance company.

We also use Planning Plus which interfaces with Auto-Quote and allows for a visual and active management of work capacity, allowing for a smooth flow of work through the workshop and helps us to ensure that the scheduled completion dates are being met.

Single Paint Supplier

Tustin's is the first in Australasia to exclusively use the Dupont paint system. The paint dries in a Blackhawke Dry Floor bake oven heated by a gas-fired heat exchanger, complemented by a two-metre Infratech paint curing unit.

Beneath the 80 square metre paint preparation area is a grated disposal system for run-off from rubbing down cars. This run-off is separated by way of a three bay separation sump, separating the heavy particles, oils and solvents. The waste water is feed into the Council sever system for disposal. The heavy particles and oils are removed by specialist sump cleaners. By installing a system of this type Tustin's are minimising their impact on the environment.

Quality Assurance

We are members of the Collision Repair Association and make use of their I-Car training courses.

Staff training. We regularly have staff members attending I-Car training. This is an Industry backed training system that runs throughout America, Australia, and New Zealand.