Auto-repair workshop in Jigenji, Kagoshima City, offers repainting service using rollers

PUBLISHED Jul 26, 2021

A staff member applying brush paint

BOCTOK, an auto-repair workshop in Jigenji, Kagoshima City, started a brush painting service on July 6. In this service, the car body is painted using rollers and brushes.

“A full paint job at a bodywork shop would cost several hundred thousand yen. We looked for a more affordable way to paint the staff’s cars,” said Higashi Yoshihito, the president of BOCTOK. “We were skeptical about roller painting at first, but when we actually tried it, the results were better than we expected. As word of mouth got out, we started receiving requests from other people, so we decided to offer it as a service.”

For painting, they use microfiber rollers with short bristles and small brushes for detailed work. The paint is applied with a specialized automotive paint roller that minimizes unevenness, and “the finish is beautiful as the bumpers and hoods are removed before the paint job.”

More than 20 colors are available at the workshop. The price for surface body painting starts at 50,000 yen for a microcar, 55,000 yen for a high-roof microvan like Tanto, and 60,000 yen for a compact car like Fit and March. Interior painting and two-tone painting are also available for an optional fee. The process takes about 4 or 5 days, and a loaner car is available for the duration of the work. At the workshop, people can see a staff member’s car that has been fully painted using the same method and check the finish.

Higashi added: “All of them have a matte finish, so they are not suitable for those who want a shiny, glossy look. It is recommended for people who want to brighten up their old cars but don’t want to spend a lot of money or people who are tired of the current color and want to have them repainted at a low price.”

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Painting the removed bumper - Brush-painted by BOCTOK

  • The painting process - Brush-painted by BOCTOK

  • The painting process - Brush-painted by BOCTOK

  • The completed paint job - Brush-painted by BOCTOK

  • The completed paint job - Brush-painted by BOCTOK

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