National Collision

Dave Recknagel, of AkzoNobel Coatings, emphasized the importance of painter training on specialty coatings.
Las Vegas—California shop owner and Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Chairman Randy Stabler says body shop owners may want to keep an eye on the specialty and custom paint on the vehicles on display at the annual SEMA show, because they might become the OEM finishes on vehicles coming into shops...
Kelly Meagher says treating every customer well is particularly important in a smaller community.
North Plains, Ore.—Kelly Meagher says that fairly consistently having a 90-day backlog of work can be “both a blessing and a frustration” for his collision repair business, All Terrain Auto Body & Paint. “The customers we have had and the people we have gotten to know in our North Plains...
The mixing room-mounted SATA clean RCS micro offers gun cleanings in between color changes in as little as 20 to 25 seconds.
CS PRODUCTS DEC Compiled by Jay Sicht SATA clean RCS offers quick intermediate spray gun cleaning Spring Valley, Minn.—The SATA clean RCS micro (www.sata.com) pneumatically operated rapid cleaning system ensures quick, clean and comfortable intermediate spray gun cleaning when using disposable cup...
Chris Carlson Hot Rods, of Mulvane, Kan., restored this 1949 Buick custom coupe.
Warrensville Heights, Ohio—NAPA/Martin Senour was a hit among the estimated 140,000 attendees during the recent 2015 SEMA Show. Its booth provided something for all attendees from collision repair to shop professionals, jobbers and automotive enthusiasts. NAPA/Martin Senour SEMA Show highlights...
Mark Szlachta, advanced serviceability of design engineer for GM, speaks at the recent SEMA Show on the different types of materials used in the new CT6.
Las Vegas—In a first for General Motors, it has introduced an authorized collision repair network for its new aluminum-intensive full-size touring sedan. Slated to begin production in January and shipping to dealers in March, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is made of almost 70 percent aluminum, with the...
Detroit—GM Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) announced that after extensive testing and validation of its real-time collision pricing initiative, MyPriceLink, that AudaExplore, Mitchell and CCC Information Services will be supporting the delivery of real-time list pricing. By integrating the...
Strongsville, Ohio—PPG Automotive Refinish has updated and enhanced Paint It, the Web-based application used by distributors and collision centers to identify the correct color for vehicle repair and refinish. Theapplication was successfully introduced to North America in March 2012 and is now...
Ralph Meichtry of Eco Repair Systems demonstrates stress relief of a dent using the company’s steel panel repair system at its SEMA Show booth.
Las Vegas—“Repair or replace?” is the decision often made by estimators and collision technicians as they assess what is needed to restore a vehicle to its pre-loss condition. But what was commonly replaced before can now often be correctly repaired — with a savings in time and often money — with...
Oliver Woelfel says conducting weld tests prior to welding on a vehicle is an important step in the process.
Las Vegas—Speakers at a Society of Collision Repair panel discussion on automaker joining techniques, during SEMA in November, made a strong case for the importance of doing test welds prior to a technician’s welding on a vehicle. “Make 100 percent sure you’re using the right wire, the right...
Best in Show was awarded to “Paradise Pipeline” by Mike Burton, Color Splash Creations, Newark, Del. (Photo by Jordan Sicht)
Las Vegas—Six artists won Axalta’s “Paint Outside the Can” contest and won a hotel stay and entrance to the SEMA Show, along with gift cards worth $500 and more. The winning entries were chosen by fans based on the highest number of “likes” of the photos of their cans posted by Axalta on its...

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