Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father.

Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September.

What’s the most common source for the dings and dents you repair?

The grocery store. You’ve got the baskets and when they open their doors into another car.

What are the tools for the trade in auto body work?

DA’s — which is a dual action sander — grinders, buffers, blocks. Right before you paint, you block the car down and make sure everything’s flat. You prime the car and then shoot a guide coat on it, which — when you use the block — is when you see that there’s no chips or anything.

What made you want to own your own business?

I used to run my dad’s business back home. I don’t know, I just hate working for other people — I’d rather work for myself.

How long does a typical repair take?

Between five and 10 days.

What kind of car do you drive and are there any dings on it?

An ‘85 Lincoln Town Car. Yeah, there’s a whole bunch, but I’m working on it. Actually, I just started today working on it — it’s been in the garage, being sad.