In September 2010 I joined the “those who have” club and bellied in my 1978 V35 Bonanza. Purchased in 2001, I had over 1,600 hours and 1,000 landings in her without an incident. Now we needed some fixing up for sure. After the structural repairs were done it was time to look for a paint shop.

Several months earlier I had been thinking about paint due to the tired look of the original tan and brown paint. I had shopped around and most places were just too far away or way too expensive. Being in North Carolina I wanted to stay in the Carolinas or Virginia. I had talked to Bill Lucey about a paint job during my search but now I had to paint because of the accident. Another call to Bill and I decided to visit his shop to see his work. We looked at several paint jobs he’d completed and some in various stages of completion. I was impressed with Bill’s knowledge and the attention to detail. I also needed to replace the original interior (burnt orange plaid) so we decided to do it all at once. Bill said his interior guy Charlie could do a good job and we looked at his interior work as well. I was very interested in having one shop do the paint and interior to save down time. I was sold on the paint and interiors I saw and scheduled the remake of my pride and joy.

Bill and Charlie were very helpful in picking out schemes and colors for the paint and interior. Job was finished in about 6 weeks and the final product was everything we’d hoped for. Most paint and interior jobs look great at 20 feet but this one looks better the closer you get. I’d say as close to factory new condition as a 1978 plane can get. Everyone that sees her asks “who did the paint and interior” usually followed by a thumbs up. After several months I still can’t find a flaw and we are very pleased with BOSS Aircraft Refinishers’ work. I can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t recommend Bill and his staff at BOSS for aircraft paint and interior. –Jeff Peedin

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