Few people know that Mose Freyer and his family-run company, Moses Bil & Lack, paints cars for Koenigsegg Automotive in the small village of Sätaröd, southwest of Kristianstad in southern Sweden. The refinish process for a Koenigsegg can take up to 1 200 hours and involves a meticulous approach in which the choice of product is crucial. In order to deliver reliability and quality continuously, Freyer has relied on Wuppertal-based refinish brand Standox for the past 30 years.
Mose Freyer started Moses Bil & Lack in 1991. “I painted my first car in 1977 and worked as a car body painter in the 1980s, but I’m completely self-taught,” says Freyer. Today, his company has a facility of 5,000m2, about 50 employees, and customers who drive the world’s most exclusive car brands. “If you love cars then you would love my workshop, but first and foremost we are a family business,” continues Freyer, whose wife Birgitta, son Björn and daughter Lina all have key roles in the company.
A world beyond the ordinary
For more than six years, Moses Bil & Lack has been a trusted supplier to Koenigsegg, the manufacturer of the world’s fastest cars. Koenigsegg has an in-house paintshop running at full capacity at their production facility in Ängelholm. Moses Bil & Lack provide a crucial service to Koenigsegg by providing external painting services to the same, ultra-high standards. Up to four of these super cars are painted at a time and the workshop has invested in a completely separate line exclusively for Koenigsegg. Freyer works closely with his staff and takes advantage of the training courses available at Axalta’s Refinish Academy in Gothenburg. “Working on these cars requires true craftsmanship that cannot be compared to any other process. You must have intuitive instinct and prioritise quality above all else,” explains Freyer.
Every car is unique
Before a Koenigsegg luxury car arrives at Moses Bil & Lack in carbon fibre from Ängelholm, Lina works closely with Koenigsegg’s art director Lisa Johansson to establish the exact colour according to the specification the customer agrees upon with Koenigsegg. “We can be asked to match a colour to an existing object – customers have previously asked to match things such as nail polish, or even the colour of a Chinese mountain formation near where they grew up. Koenigsegg customers can be very dedicated to the specification process and care deeply about the details, so finding the right shade is crucial,” says Freyer. “Requests for 24-karat gold or platinum shavings in the paint mix are not unusual.” To facilitate this painstaking process, Lina relies on the 8 000 colours available in Standox’s Color Box and continuously liaises with Koenigsegg to make sure that the colour matches the customer’s expectation.
When the car parts arrive at Moses Bil & Lack, any epoxy left from the production of carbon fibre components is carefully and painstakingly removed from the surface to avoid yellow staining of the subsequent colour which can occur over time. Once the surface is completely clean, several coats of Standocryl VOC-Xtra Clearcoat are applied directly to the carbon fibre and baked between each coat. Then the Standoblue basecoat is applied to achieve the ultimate colour. “Every movement must be done with the highest precision and sensitivity,” continues Freyer. Once the basecoat is dry, the refinishers examine every square centimetre of the paint finish before the final coats of Standocryl VOC-Xtra Clearcoat are applied to give the cars their gorgeous gloss finish. The car parts are then meticulously sanded and polished. The entire paint process can take up to 1 200 hours and the finished car parts will not be returned to Koenigsegg until the colour is 100% accurate.
Quality above all else
Freyer places high demands on the products that he uses. “Standox is the only brand to achieve the quality that I want. It has one of the fastest applications on the market, as well as incredible ease of use and durability,” explains Freyer. “All of the products are unrivalled, from start to finish, and we strive for those same goals: to exceed the customers’ expectations. That’s why I’ve been relying on Standox for 30 years.”
Ann-Charlotte Cardestig, country sales manager for Standox Sweden, adds “We are very proud and pleased that our products are used so successfully on the Koenigsegg super cars. Mose’s quality-driven work ethic, professionalism and goal-oriented approach make him a highly regarded and valued customer at Standox.”
Koenigsegg assembles the painted car parts and delivers the finished car to its customer. One of Koeniggsegg’s super cars beat five records as the world’s fastest production car in Autumn 2017. Freyer concludes, “it’s awe-inspiring to be responsible for the painting of a world-record holder. The whole process feels like a work of art.”
For more information about Standox please visit www.standox.co.za. For more details on Moses Bil & Lack visit www.moses.se, and to see the Koenigsegg super cars, please visit www.koenigsegg.com