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Custom Painter Charley Hutton’s switch to PPG’s Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint resulted in brighter colors with easier color-matching, he says.
Las Vegas—When he was asked to try PPG Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint, Charley Hutton, owner of Charley Hutton’s Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho, hesitated changing from a system that was working. “I got to play with it, and once I did, I realized I was able to create colors that were so...
Guy Bargnes recently oversaw his first CIC as chairman, a meeting held in Palm Springs, Calif.
Palm Springs, Calif.—The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) tackled a variety of topics at its biennial planning meeting in January, held in Palm Springs, Calif., with a new chairman and new committee plans. At his first CIC as chair, Guy Bargnes, of Painters Supply (a Michigan-based paint and...
At a glance, the counterfeit gun (left, at bottom) Don Burris purchased appears to be the genuine product. But compared side-by-side, details such as the color of the air cap ring and the SATA font are apparent. (The Chinese copy (right) even has “Made in Germany” falsely engraved.)
Spring Valley, Minn.—Don Burris, owner of Don’s Paint & Body in Parsons, Kan., thought he’d done his due diligence in buying a new SATAjet 5000 spray gun for his son from a dealer advertising them for $450 on Facebook. It seemed like a good deal, and he watched the dealer’s posts for a couple...
The 3M Power Tools for Body Repair were designed to complement the 3M Cubitron II line of cutting and grinding abrasives portfolio.
St. Paul, Minn.—3M Automotive Aftermarket Division announced a line of pneumatic tools for cutting and grinding designed with the bodyman in mind.  The 3M Power Tools for Body Repair were designed to complement the 3M Cubitron II line of cutting and grinding abrasives portfolio. The offering of...
ChemSpec USA, LLC., is very excited to announce the launch of its new website. The company is encouraging its customers and guests to visit www.chemspecpaint.com today and look around.   The site includes information about the company, its products and offers a user-friendly experience that is...
CHARLOTTE (February 1, 2017) – CARSTAR North America, North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the expansion of its corporate support team in the wake of its growth and North American integration in 2016.   The organizational...
California shop owner Lorenzo Avila says many of the systems for parts and production he’s implemented at his two shops will work in any size single-location shop.
Anyone who’s done any sort of racing — or even just made a long highway road trip — is familiar with the concept of “drafting,” positioning yourself just behind another vehicle to ride in that vehicle’s wake where’s there’s less resistance or required energy to keep up. It’s an analogy some...
Custom Painter Charley Hutton (right) talks about the role color plays in a vehicle’s image as part of a recent SEMA Show panel discussion featuring (from left) PPG experts Gareth Hughes, Bill Eibon, and Frank Jemiola.
Las Vegas—From a retina-searing orange pearl to a cool “liquid metal” gray, color is often used as a styling element for custom cars and new cars. Distinctive paint evokes an emotional response, said Charley Hutton, who’s painted four Ridler Award-winning cars in his shop, Charley Hutton’s Color...
Cleveland—OEConnection (OEC) announced that Hyundai Motor America has added CollisionLink to its Hyundai Go Genuine Collision Conquest program. The CollisionLink parts ordering and fulfillment solution will allow Hyundai’s network of dealers to access competitive pricing on eligible OE parts and...
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.
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...

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