Technicians

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes offers training sessions that provide collision repair industry professionals advanced knowledge in their field. The company recently announced its latest fourth quarter 2015 collision repair industry courses and training sites that will...
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When any vehicle is brought into your shop, it should be measured upfront, throughout the repair and after all pulling is completed. This provides a comprehensive overview of all collision damage at every stage of the repair process, helping you to compile an accurate...
PPG Automotive Refinish has introduced VWM500 Custom Midcoat, a solvent-borne, VOC-compliant VIBRANCE COLLECTION® product formulated exclusively for application with waterborne basecoats. VWM500 allows painters to use Vibrance Collection special-effect pigments and dyes...
Efficiency. Lean processes. Productivity. Streamlining. All are buzzwords used in shops across the country to do one main thing — increase profitability.
So if you could cut a process you use in the shop, sometimes 10s of times a day, from roughly 40 minutes to less...
If you are feeling a bit lost in all the new aluminum-specific information being shared by OEMs, trainers and industry experts, you’re not alone. Since steel has been the go-to metal for vehicle bodies for the past century, there’s been little need to learn...
Many of us remember the futuristic vehicles in Demolition Man and like us you probably watched the movie and said, “Wow, cool cars. Too bad I will never see them in my lifetime.“ Well guess again — the future is basically here...
Aluminum repairs in general are currently a hot topic and the subject of cross contamination between steel and aluminum is one of the first issues raised, and for good reason. The approach to controlling cross contamination is multi-faceted and requires a systemic plan....
Douglas Craig, Technical Application Engineer & Collision Industry Liaison, Structural Adhesives Tech Service, LORD Corporation, also contributed to this article.
As more aluminum-bodied vehicles enter the automotive market, the auto collision repair business must also...
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Each and every day collision refinish technicians undertake the task of matching colors to complete repairs. They deal with a wide array of vehicles, various repair needs, different colors both in appearance and composition, and have the challenge of making their refinish...
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Like it or not, aluminum is now here for the masses and more OEMs will be utilizing it in the coming years. 
Aluminum has been around in the automotive field since the early 1900s, but for most, the aluminum-intensive vehicles started about 20 years with the Audi A8,...
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Look around your shop, and you’ll likely see an old, transformer-based spot, MIG or MAG welder. Every facility has at least one, and many of these welders have been in service for years, if not decades. If it has lasted this long, there’s no rush to replace an...
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Estimators and customer care associates represent the front lines of your business. How would yours address the following scenarios:
Scenario 1: After reviewing an estimate, the customer claims your shop has overlooked additional collision damage. That damage, to your...
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,...