by John Yoswick

Large independent collision shop is already prepared for more aluminum vehicles

San Diego—As shops around the country scramble to gear up to work on aluminum, All-American Paint & Body is already prepared with a dedicated aluminum “clean room” that has its own vacuum system and Miller and Car-O-Liner aluminum and brazing welders.

Shop Manager Sebastian Oros acknowledged that the high cost of equipping an aluminum clean room has not been offset by a quick return on investment.

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