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Old 18-04-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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An interview with TSE

Roy van den Brink-Budgen




Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?
My name is Roy van den Brink-Budgen, I'm 24 and live with my fiancee Rachel in Wallington, Surrey.

What else can I tell you about me?

I have always been obsessed with running my own business and could often be found coming up with money making schemes from the age of 10. I used to put on speed dating nights throughout Suffolk.

How did you ‘get into’ detailing?
When I got my first car (1986 Saab 900i) I was never satisfied with the finish I could achieve using the bog standard products and so I decided to trawl the Internet for other options. Needless to say after plenty of pounds and a few weeks my Saab looked like new, from then on I was hooked.

How long have you been detailing at ‘this’ level?
I have been running theshinexperience for about 18 months full time and before that I detailed part time for about 3 years. I firmly believe that the part time start to the business did me a huge amount of good as it gave me time to establish a name and also at the very beginning I simply worked on friends vehicles to gain experience.


How did you learn to machine polish?
I started with a PC and learnt techniques that suited me and gave me the desired results, feeling comfortable with this I then set about raiding all the local scrap yards for bonnets and panels to hone my Rotary technique.

How many cars have detailed over the years?
I don't know exactly but since I started full time it is roughly 200-250

Tell me about your first detail
My first detail was on a Ford Focus that had been neglected by my friend and looked really tired. It was a burgundy colour and was covered in tiny scratches from his girlfriends Brillo Pad efforts, it took absolutely ages but I was thrilled when I saw the difference I made to it. Needless to say Brillo pads were banned in his house from that moment on!

What do you drive and how often is it detailed?

I drive a 1996 Alfa Romeo GTV in red. I try and detail it as often as possible but sometimes workload and weather means that it doesn't get touched for weeks. I try and spend at least half a day on it every 2 weeks though.

What is your favourite car to detail and why?
Black cars for the sheer difference in finish once fully detailed. I love the looks of a freshly detailed TVR, especially a Tuscan or Cerbera but to be honest its always nice to detail a car with flat panels which can be machined more easily, Ford Focus springs to mind!

Do you prefer to detail a Supercar or everyday car?
Clearly the buzz of doing a supercar is fantastic, who wouldn't enjoy working around Lambos, Fezzas and other amazing cars but to be honest it can often be even more rewarding turning an everyday car into a shining beauty. Oh and the fact that supercars are full of lines and shapes which can be a right pain to machine.

What piece of detailing kit do you think every detailer should have in their arsenal? (excluding the obvious stuff like wash mitts etc.)
Well it has to be a Paint Thickness Gauge. Also although its not really detailing kit I do love my Blackberry as it means I can reply to client emails instantly wherever I am.

What are your current favourite brands and why?
I am really enjoying Zaino at the moment and especially Z-8 as it just gives the finish that something extra. Oh and it smells great too. Polish wise 3M is high on my list at the moment, Fast Cut Plus with a dab of Ultrafina has given me some very happy correction days when all else was playing up.

What do you do when you’re not detailing?
I used to work in the wine industry so I'm a huge wine fan, whether it be everyday drinking or laying wines down for years ahead. I also used to play a lot of golf and try and have a round as often as possible. My handicap used to be 2 but now I reckon I play to about 6. I really enjoy travelling and love Italy so try and go away as often as both money and time allows

A few quick fire questions
Ferrari or Lambo ? Ferrari
Wax or Sealent ? Wax
Fish and chips or bangers and mash ? I'm a veggie so just give me the chips thanks
McDonald's or Burger King? Burger King
Coffee or Tea? Tea
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Old 18-04-2008, 08:30 PM   #2
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An interesting read Roy, we'll have to arrange a golf day at some point.
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Old 18-04-2008, 08:33 PM   #3
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Old 18-04-2008, 08:37 PM   #4
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Yep would certainly be up for a golf day! There are plenty of decent courses to choose from in the South East.
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Old 18-04-2008, 08:41 PM   #5
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Blimey Roy, didn't realise we are practically neighbours
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Are we? Where abouts are you?

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Old 18-04-2008, 08:44 PM   #7
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