Thursday, July 30, 2015

DuraCoat University Series Post 3 - Certified Finisher Interview 2

In Part 3 of the DuraCoat University series we will be hearing from Kevin Muramatsu of Village Pine Custom Guns in Minnesota. Let's find out what his experience was like.

Read Part 1 here

Read Part 2 here

About Kevin's Business:

1.       Do you have a storefront? Do you have a gun shop or firearm related business?

Kevin:  I do not currently have a storefront.  I do have an FFL, am awaiting receipt of my SOT, and do regular gunsmithing services from my residence.

2.       Do you offer DuraCoat® services as a main business, part of another business, or as a side business?

Kevin: DuraCoat and other spray on applications compose the majority of my business.  This is roughly a ¾ time self-employment.

Kevin's Workbench

3.       How much DuraCoat® work do you get on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis?

Kevin: Generally, 20-30 handguns painted per month, mixed single color and camo; rifles are much more variable.

4.       Do you advertise your DuraCoat® services in any way? Print ads, signage, website, etc.

Kevin: I have a website, bare bones and currently under construction.  I do not advertise, but am present at the larger local gunshows, from which I have gained most of my non OEM customers.

5.       Do you have employees that perform DuraCoat® services? If so, how many?

Kevin: I independently contract when necessary.

6.       Do you specialize in solid colors, camo patterns, restorations, hydrographics, or something else?

Kevin: No stated specialization, however solid colors comprise the majority of my work.

Great example of Kevin's work

7.       Please tell us anything else pertinent about your current business.

Kevin: Most work is OEM.  All I have time for, plus roughly 4-6 solid or camo guns per month off the street.

About DuraCoat® University:

8.       How did you learn about DuraCoat® University (workshop)?

Kevin: LCW website.

9.       How many times have you attended a DuraCoat® University class?

Kevin: Once

10.   What was the most important lesson learned at class? Anything else you feel was vital information that you learned?

Kevin: Use quality equipment.  DuraCoat is a heck of a lot easier to use than the competing products.

11.   Would you be interested in attending another DuraCoat® University class? Is there a specific topic you would like to focus on or learn more about?

Kevin: Yes.  Accelerating cure times would be a good topic.

12.   Did you have a firearm related business prior to attending DuraCoat® University?

Kevin: No

13.   Had you applied DuraCoat® prior to attending the class? If so, were you offering services?

Kevin: Yes.  Nothing offered then.

14.   Did you come alone or did you bring additional attendees with you to the class?

Kevin: Alone.

15.   What was your main reason for attending DuraCoat® University?

Kevin: Learn proper or recommended application techniques.

16.   How has attending DuraCoat® University benefited your business?

Kevin: I don’t have to sell a s**tload of low margin guns to make money.

17.   Do you have any advice for people considering attending DuraCoat® University?

Kevin: Other than that it’s a bargain, and worth doing, not really.