At the SEMA Show, Mobsteel Owner Adam Genei (center), talks about the Cromax Mobsteel Midnight Candy Colors that he and painter Ron Coan (right) helped design. From left, they are joined by Axalta’s Lisa Miree-Luke, head of corporate affairs-North America; Mike Carr, president, North America; and Harry Christman, Cromax brand manager.U-Pol North America Marketing Manager John “J.R.” Robinson (left) and EBC Business Manager Jerry Crouch help introduce new products, including Rapid System clearcoats, at the recent SEMA Show.

Collision Product Notes - February 2017

Mobsteel Midnight Candy Colors appear dark, but explode in sunlight

Glen Mills, Pa.-Axalta Coating Systems’ latest collection, the Axalta Artist Signature Series – Cromax Mobsteel Midnight CFX Candy Colors, is a vibrant set of custom colors designed by custom car shop Mobsteel and Axalta color designers.

The colors, including 8 Mile Maroon and Motorcity Sunset, are part of the dynamic series that appear to be a shade of black at first glance, but under light, reflect rich reds, purples, golds and more. Those effects are accomplished with a new charcoal candy dye and an added Xirallic pearl effect that creates pops of color and explodes in sunlight.

“I’m so proud to have a Mobsteel signature line of colors,” said Mobsteel owner, Adam Genei.  “It was a great experience to work with the experts at Axalta at their Chicago training center to create our Mobsteel Midnight CFX Candy Colors. Launching this at SEMA during a press conference at the Axalta Engineered for Speed booth was just icing on the cake.”

“This line is exciting for both Axalta and the artists with whom we work. I’m thrilled that Mobsteel founder, Adam Genei, and his team helped to reveal this exciting new collection in the Artist Signature Series,” said Cromax Brand Manager Harry Christman. “We are extremely proud that this talented design/build team uses Axalta refinish products in their shop and that they partnered with us to create a line of colors inspired by their city of Detroit and their craft.”


U-Pol introduces new logo, Isopon and Rapid product lines

Stockertown, Pa.-At the recent SEMA Show, U-Pol unveiled a new logo and a fresh look for its products, a new Rapid product line and, new to the U.S., the Isopon product line for the do-it-yourselfer.

EGC Business Manager Jerry Crouch said the company has added new sizes of its popular Raptor spray-on bedliner, including 55-gallon drums for industrial applications and small sizes for touchups. A traction additive has also been added to the Raptor line, with more additives in the works.

The production-oriented Rapid System product line includes products such as the Rapid Body Filler, glaze, and high-speed primer.

“It’s a different technology called snap-cure technology,” Crouch said. “So you have some work time, but then it kicks all at once so you can get on it much faster.”

The Rapid System clearcoat gives a high gloss “just buffed” finish and cures in a fraction of the time compared to conventional clearcoats, Crouch said, adding that it’s easy to apply, significantly reduces cycle time, increases productivity and ultimately reduces costs. To speed it up more, it can be short-baked for 10 minutes, he said, with no detrimental effects.

“You can use an IR lamp on it, too,” he said. “There isn’t any other hyper clear that I’m aware of that you can short bake or use an IR lamp on without getting solvent-pop. The gloss and the performance of this, we will put against anybody’s hyper clear. It is absolutely phenomenal.”

U-Pol North America Marketing Manager John “J.R.” Robinson (left) and EBC Business Manager Jerry Crouch help introduce new products, including Rapid System clearcoats, at the recent SEMA Show.

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