National Collision

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – The Collision Repair Education Foundation and Rust-Oleum are collaborating this spring on a Facebook contest that will help provide high school and college collision school programs with a professional appearance upgrade through the donation of epoxy floor coating. Eighteen...
Warrensville Heights, Ohio – Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes recently launched two new websites focused on their color expertise within the custom and restoration market segments. These websites are intended to give an inside look at industry partnerships, fantastic visuals of color, and...
Harry Christman, market/brand manager for Axalta Coating Systems, says Cromax Mosaic was developed for a specific type of customer, but that niche is large.
Glen Mills, Pa. — When Axalta Coating Systems introduced its solventborne Cromax Mosaic refinish system about two years ago, it was to meet the demand for a product that sprayed like a traditional solvent basecoat while meeting the low-VOC regulations in most of the United States and in Canada. “It...
Glen Mills, Pa.— Many custom car enthusiasts throughout the United States endeavor to have their vehicles featured in Axalta’s Custom Finishes Calendar. Collision repair professionals in Pomona, California; hot rodders in Bangor, Maine; and artists everywhere in between compete to appear in the...
The Speed is the premium offering in Global Finishing Systems’ REVO shortwave infrared curing product line. With sonar distance sensing and automatic temperature control, it offers repeatable, predictable results with complete through-curing of refinish materials.
Osseo, Wis. — The paint department is often the shop’s bottleneck. And faced with looming promised delivery dates, painters sometimes push the limits of their paint system, which can result in comebacks in the form of sand scratches or dieback once the materials finally cure after delivery.     ...
Suburban Mfg.’s Tsunami Rove provides a portable air filtration package for immediate service.
Tsunami Rove provides portable packaged air filtration      Monticello, Minn. — Suburban Mfg.’s (www.gosuburban.com) Tsunami Rove provides the shop with a versatile packaged system including a water separator, oil-coalescing filter, and automatic float drain to assure proper draining of water, oil...
Neale Phillips of the European research firm Thatcham predicts that accident-avoidance technology will help reduce the severity of some accidents, resulting in those vehicles being repaired rather than totaled.
Between the growth of large collision repair chains, the increased implementation of crash avoidance technology, and the seeming lack of interest among young people in car-ownership and driving, it can be discouraging for independent collision repair shop owners to think about where their business...
Minneapolis - The Sherwin-Williams Co. and The Valspar Corp. entered into a definitive agreement in March for Sherwin-Williams to acquire Valspar for $113 per share in an all-cash transaction, or an enterprise value of about $11.3 billion.  At $113 per share, the transaction, which has been...
St. Paul, Minn.- 3M Co. and TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG, maker of Festool brand products, has announced a strategic collaboration to provide customers in the global automotive collision repair industry a new and comprehensive surface preparation and finishing system. The collaboration...
Custom-car builder and painter Darryl Hollenbeck won the 2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award with his own car, a PPG-painted 1932 Ford highboy roadster.
Strongsville, Ohio – Custom-car builder and painter Darryl Hollenbeck won the 2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) in Pomona, Calif., in January. It was the third time Hollenbeck has painted an AMBR winner, and the first time he captured the...

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