Technicians

Motor Guard has expanded their line of Super-Rigid Big Block models for fast and aggressive blocking of aluminum or steel. Engineered from super-dense yet light-weight materials, these new sanding blocks provide just the right amount of flex to conform to body panels and...
Matrix Automotive Finishes is excited to announce that it will feature a one-of-a-kind custom built 1956 Cadillac Roadster Deville called, ‘Blue Streak’ in its booth (10669) at SEMA.
Bare Bones Custom Paint & Speed Shop, located in Houston, TX, will unveil...
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has published the full schedule and lineup of speakers for the inaugural OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit being held Wednesday, November 5th at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. The Summit will...








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Although a look at personal protective equipment (PPE) (Fig 1) is not the most glamorous subject, it can help increase your productivity and long-term earnings in the industry. How, you may ask? PPE helps keep you healthy, active...
When friends and family think about the vehicles of yesteryear they often say to me "they don't build them like they used too" I tell them, you have no idea how right you are. Cars today are light years ahead of where they were just a few short years ago. It...
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Often at my estimating seminars, I’ll have someone complain to me, “Mike, all the insurance companies will pay me for ‘set up and measure’ is 1.5 or 2 hours.”
My first response is generally to ask what they mean by “that’s all they...
Those of you who enjoy reality TV with a business twist probably are familiar with programs like "Restaurant Rescue," "Bar Rescue" and "Gym Rescue." These shows share a similar format. Industry experts visit a struggling small business, spot...




PPG Automotive Refinish has created new global branding for its popular ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne product line.
Updated product packaging for the leading PPG brand now sports a completely refreshed look that includes a redesigned paint...
For years Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, one of the leading coatings suppliers to the automotive aftermarket and collision repair industry, has been at the forefront of providing classic colors for cool and restored hot rods and muscle cars.
In fact, for several year...
The collision repair industry benefits from accessibility to clear and concise documentation regarding processes and procedures that are necessary to produce warrantable repairs. In July, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) issued a request to automotive...
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes announced it will hold its next EcoLean™ Level 2 workshop on Oct. 21-22, 2014 at the "World Center of Racing" in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.
The EcoLean Level 2 workshop is an...
Two new I-CAR courses are available to Refinish Technicians: Refinish Materials and Application Blending (REF08e) and Color Theory, Mixing Toners, and Tinting (REF09).
These courses are available now and have replaced Color Theory, Application, Tinting, and Blending (REF03...
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Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching fill or a background for pinstripes or artwork, the fish scale technique is a timeless choice. “This is a very easy technique for someone to pick up,” says Chris MacMahan, owner of Aerografix in Elyria, Ohio....
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At a recent industry event, I started a presentation with these words: “Paint…the final frontier.” Beyond the comical Star Trek reference, there is some truth to this statement. Paint and materials (P&M) is one of the last areas where shops can still...
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One of the truths repairers operate their businesses by is that serious problems frequently have relatively simple causes. Consider the following case of an owner who expanded his operation to a second site with some major issues in its paint department.
The department was...