Collision Product Notes - September 2016
Bumper Pliers Kit makes repairs easier
Rainsville, Ala.—Polyvance’s 6146 Bumper Pliers Kit makes it easier for technicians to repair the rectangular “slot tab” holes often found on bumper covers.
Slot tabs can be repaired using the nitrogen plastic welder, but without the aid of the Bumper Pliers Kit, the job requires some finesse and a light touch. In addition, it is often difficult to restore the correct dimensions to the slot, which is critical for proper fit-up of the panel.
The Bumper Pliers Kit comes with six steel forming dies of widths varying from 3/8” (10mm) to 13/16” (20mm) to match nearly all of the slot sizes in use. It also has a die for a 3/16” (5mm) round hole with a round recess that is commonly used on bumpers, especially on Hondas.
To use the kit, the technician selects the die that most closely matches the torn slot tab and fixes it in place temporarily with aluminum tape. The die fills up the hole and provides a backing plate, making the nitrogen welding process faster and easier and less dependent on finesse and experience.
Each die also has a set of matching pliers to compress the melted plastic welding rod and conform it to the shape of the die. The pliers press the welding rod to the same thickness as the flange, while the die keeps it from flowing into the hole. When cool, the die is removed and the outside edge of the slot tab can be restored with common hand tools.
DeVilbiss introduces Tekna ProLite Steampunk Spray Gun
Swanton, Ohio—DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing’s (www.autorefinishdevilbiss.com) Steampunk spray gun adds a Steampunk flair to the performance and control of its standard Tekna ProLite.
The Tekna ProLite Special Edition Steampunk guns come with 1.2, 1.3 & 1.4mm fluid tips, TE10 and TE20 air caps, a disposable cup adapter, a HAV-555 digital gauge, a spray gun wrench, and color ID rings. Each kit also contains a card with a promo code for the painter to redeem for a free T-shirt.
Malco hole punch and flange air-tool
Annandale, Minn.—Malco Products’ (www.malcoproducts.com) PF1EV hole punch and flange tool allows the operator to use just one tool for making both holes and flanges in 22- to 16-gauge (0.76 to 1.52mm) automotive-grade mild steel, reducing metal fabrication time by half. Use one side of the tool head to punch a clean, flat, burr-free 5/16” (8mm) diameter hole; use the other side of the tool head to form a nominal 7/16” (11mm) long, 1” (25.4 mm) wide, and .040” (1mm) deep offset flange to accommodate no-bump lap welds. The head also rotates for ease of use. The powerful, lightweight pneumatic motor is compatible with most existing shop air supplies and a quick-connect hose adapter is equipped with a male 1/4-inch pipe thread. Every pull of the motor lever delivers a powerful single punch or single flange crimp with precision control.