Technicians

Michael Freeman, market segment manager, automotive refinish with BASF, was jazzed about some new technologies and customer offerings that his company presented during the NACE/CARS show in Detroit. There was the color matching efforts the company recently completed, to...
Sherwin-Williams announces its next EcoLean™ Level 1 workshop, September 15-16, 2015, on location at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ teams Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing in Charlotte, North Carolina. The program was first introduced more than five years ago...
BASF's 2015/2016 Color Collection features 65 global automotive paint colors for 2019 and beyond. The colors explore the powerful potential of Real Authentic Ways (RAW). This overarching theme emerged from trend findings that society is focused on simplicity,...
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DETROIT — ALLDATA LLC, the leading provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information and solutions for the professional automotive service and collision repair industries, announced that ALLDATA Community has surpassed 70,000 unique...
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DETROIT — With an estimated 35,500 total shops in the collision repair industry, two thirds are not active in consistent training.












 



I-CAR’s Gene Lopez, head of the Education & Training Committee with...
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Aluminum! Aluminum! Aluminum!
Now that I have your attention, this article is not about aluminum. It is about steel, the material of choice for automotive manufacturers for more than 100 years. But it certainly isn’t the same steel that we repaired just a few short...
The NACE | CARS Expo will again feature live painting demonstrations that feature the Mobile Work Station from Shop-Pro Equipment.
Set for July 23-25 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, NACE | CARS will again include live painting demonstrations on the show floor with...
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When an automobile is involved in a collision, it is important to not overlook damage to drivetrain components that are attributed to the collision. Not only is it in the best interest of the vehicle owner to get their vehicle made whole, a collision shop opens up a whole...
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Work in the business world long enough and you'll discover that oftentimes a less than stellar reputation is not deserved. The automotive industry is rife with examples.








(photo courtesy of 3M) When completing a filler job, fit a 180 grit...
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If I were to tell you that repairing plastic bumper fascia is the same as repairing a steel panel, you would think I am crazy.  So why is it there are so many people trying to convince people that repairing aluminum panels is the same as repairing steel panels? ...
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Hyundai Motor America launched its all-new Hyundai Recognized Collision Repair Center program. This program ensures both independent and Hyundai dealership-owned collision repair centers have the training, tools, equipment, and facilities needed to properly repair Hyundai...
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Automakers and parts suppliers typically inspect welds using destructive processes. A sample of parts is pulled from the line, taken apart and examined. Not every weld is inspected, and companies waste money on the sampled parts.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has...
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Work in the business world long enough and you'll discover that oftentimes a less than stellar reputation is not deserved. The automotive industry is rife with examples.
In collision repair, body fillers sometimes have been stuck with similar undeserved criticism....
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Weld bonding is a procedure that has been commonplace in most collision repair shops for the past 15 years. However, though weld bonding is not really a “new” technology, repair shop technicians have much to learn. Knowing how and when to use welding bonding in...
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Competition drives every industry. The collision repair industry has its fair share of manufacturers offering products that promise to either top or replace those from their competitors.
One of the more interesting competitions has been between bonding solutions such as...