Jim Ring opened Classic Auto Body in Spring Green, Wisconsin, in 1993. A year later, he asked his brother, Mike, to come to help out. Starting with oil changes and collision work, they also dabbled in restoration work. Jim liked to tear cars apart, and Mike liked anything with an engine.
One day in the early ‘90s, they were approached to build a custom car. That’s when the tide started to turn, and one car turned into another. Then another.
“When we started going to car shows, everyone would say, ‘The Ring brothers are over there with their Camaro!’” Jim said. “We never got called by our first names — we always got called the ‘Ringbrothers.’ And that name stuck around.”
As the Ringbrothers name grew, their amount of work continued to increase. Through the Classic Auto Body name, they maintain quite a bit of collision work, while producing two to three custom car builds per year on the “Ringbrothers” side of the business.
“The first thing anybody looks at is the finish of the cars,” Mike said. “It was really our paintwork that put us on the map. At the end of the day, you could have built the coolest car in the world, but if the paint sucks, no one is going to look at it.”
With the purchase of a new Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) Performer Paint Booth in 2011, the Ringbrothers have never looked back. More than just quality finishes, the Ringbrothers have learned that it is not just the paint booth that makes a spray booth manufacturer the right choice.
“We like to buy local,” Mike said. “Right down to the people who work there, GFS is a great company and it shows. If you buy something from GFS, they are going to be there for you. There are great people who work at GFS, and they have taught us a lot. They introduce us to new products, including REVO Systems.”
After visiting the GFS Center for Excellence training facility in 2017, the Ringbrothers purchased two REVO Accelerated Curing Systems to speed up their processes. A new REVO Rapid MC2 allows Ringbrothers to use cured, painted parts right away, while their REVO Handheld is used to cure primer, remove decals, soften glue and more.
“If you buy one thing for your shop, it should be the REVO Handheld,” Mike stated. “We take off clear bra from dealerships all the time. There’s no heat gun that would be able to get that off. Every day, someone is coming up with another use for it. I don’t know what we’d do without it.”
The Ringbrothers continue to count on Global Finishing Solutions for new technology and advancements to improve their operation. Without REVO Systems in their processes, they would not be able to achieve the same flawless finishes their fans have come to expect in the timeframe they need for the SEMA Show each year in November.