Collision Product Notes - February 2019
Anti-static device keeps paint surfaces clean
Gardena, Calif.—Dent Fix’s (www.dentfix.com) StaticZap (DF-EZAP) anti-static device helps keep the surface clean during the paint process to avoid unnecessary reworking and buffing.
The StaticZap combines an air amplifier and corona ionization to produce a anti-static blow-off gun. Perform the anti-static blow off before starting and at every stage in the painting process to eliminate fisheyes.
The two-minute anti-static process will decrease the amount of time needed for wet-sanding and buffing, which saves time on prep work and also cuts down on labor and materials.
The kit includes a lightweight, durable gun, rechargeable lithium ion battery, two emitter pins, and safety keys.
Eckold Metal Shaping Machines Available at Trick-Tools
Pella, Iowa—Kraftformer metal forming machines from Eckold, available from Trick Tools (www.trick-tools.com), are sought after by professionals in the aircraft and automotive restoration industries, as well as custom car and motorcycle shops. They have multiple functions, with optional tooling available for shrinking, stretching, doming, flattening, planishing, edging, notching, punching, and straightening. Fine-tune adjustments can be made on the capacity and stroke frequency for rough forming or precision work.
Universal wheel for lot use
Alpharetta, Ga.—Guniwheel’s (www.guniwheel.com) universal-fit wheel is intended for lot or in-the-shop use to allow lot-drivability when the spare tire is unavailable. It can also be used in place of a jack or jack stand to reduce the risk of vehicle damage. Manufactured of steel and a solid non-marking natural rubber tire, the Guniwheel 45 fits most four- or five-lug patterns, and the Guniwheel 56 fits most larger five- and six-lug patterns. A Gunispacer is required for vehicles with oversize brake calipers.
Rollers remove dents from plastic bumpers
Rainsville, Ala.—Polyvance’s (www.polyvance.com) 6148 Bumper Rollers kit makes it easier for technicians to push dents out and restore the sharp body lines common in today’s complex plastic bumper covers. The kit includes three heavy-duty rollers: one wide and flat, one ball-shaped for rounded corners, and one with a sharp edge for restoring body lines.
To remove the dent, the technician first heats the bumper with a heat gun to soften the plastic. Once the entire area is too hot to touch, the dent is pushed out with the Bumper Rollers. The different rollers allow the technician to re-establish body lines of various shapes and to shrink the distortions around the edges of the original dent where the plastic was stretched. The blunt end of the handle may also be used to push the dents as needed. In the end, the technician will often be able to work the dent out without the need for filler.
The Bumper Rollers kit has other uses in the shop, including removing dents from sheet metal and to press down adhesive sound-deadening pads on floor panels.