Recently, our good friends over at Aircraft Tool Supply caught up with Repardise’s own “shinymetalschad” Nielson for an interview. They sat down with a few questions for Chad and posted the whole mess on their Facebook page.
Chad is our very own polishing guru. He’s been with Reparadise for six years. During that time, Chad has perfected the art of vintage camp trailer skin restoration. To learn more about what Chad does, visit our Polishing Service Page. To learn more about the man, the myth, the legend (Chad Nielson, Gemini, likes long walks in the park, and reading poetry by firelight) read the full interview below.
Aircraft Tool Supply
April 3 at 7:30 AM · Public
Today we are featuring one of our customers that we follow on social media.
Chad Nielson of Reparadise (@shinymetalschad), sent a photo and answered a few questions that give a glimpse into the profession of camper restoration. https://www.facebook.com/camperreparadise2
*So the thing I love about this photo, is that ATS is in it. This beautiful road chief sustains significant street-side damage that required a fairly involved dismantle and an entire lower section replacement. The 2024 ALCLAD and the rivets, guns, layout tools, chip chasers, bucking bars all came from ATS.
Q: How did you get into this line of work?
A: One day Brandon called me and asked if I’d like to come down to Reparadise and clean up and polish some window frames. I grew up with tools in my hands, so I figured it would be a breeze. I’ve rarely underestimated a task so thoroughly. After cleaning and polishing my first set of canned ham windows by hand, I began searching for more efficient and less physically grueling methods to achieve the best possible outcomes. My addiction to making metal shine began there.
Q: What challenges have you had to overcome?
A: Overcoming my perfectionism has been my greatest challenge. No matter how well the work turns out, or how happy the client is, I always see room for improvement. It’s hard not to drive myself crazy, especially with mirror finish buffing.
Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A: The creative freedom Reparadise offers. Brandon’s unique management style allows each individual in the shop to engage in every project in a very personal way. See Less
— in West Valley City, Utah.