Collision Repair & Refinish

How do new steel bodies affect the restoration industry?

Conducted by Joe Whitaker of Real Deal Steel, LLC and Nate Miller of Thoroughbred International

Body styles, makes currently manufactured and totals sold to date.

Positioning new steel bodies in the marketplace:

Keeping costs low to introduce as many new bodies as possible into the marketplace. Work to improve reputation for quality, generate excitement among distributors and retailers.
Importance of project cars - Chop Cut Rebuild 1956 Chevy convertible, Street Rodder 1940 Coupe and 1955 Sedan.

Classic 2 Current Fabrication Launch Their New Website For Auto Body Panels

Replacing auto body panels has never been an easy task, especially for the cars that some feel are not as desirable as others. Now car restoration enthusiasts and auto body shops almost anywhere can order replacement auto body panels online, and have them delivered to their door step.


ColorBond has announced the addition of 14 new OEM specified aerosol touch up aerosol paints for 2014. This brings the available color selection to 143 contemporary OEM colors. OEM colors include, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Harley Davidson and Sea Ray Boats.

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Titan Lifts is making its SEMA debut in 2013 with products like the HDML-1500XLT motorcycle lift. This lift table might be labeled as a motorcycle lift, but its 102” x 52” work space makes it perfect for heavier ATVs and other power sports vehicles. With a 1,500 lb. capacity and 45” lifting height, this table is perfect for professional garages or the home hobbyist. The 1500XLT lift tables are available with an air/hydraulic power unit or an electric/hydraulic power unit and come with removable front and side extensions, casters, rear wheel drop-out and roller drop-out.

NEW ROTABROACH® COMBO KIT – TWO KITS IN ONE CONVENIENT PACKAGE The perfect hole cutting kit for any tool box.

Blair Equipment Co., Inc. (Swartz Creek, MI), producers of precision sheet metal holemaking tools and spotweld cutters that are used in automotive body repairs, fabrication and restoration introduces a new Rotabroach® Sheet Metal Hole Cutter Combo Kit. The new kit (part no 11320) combines two of the most popular kits, the small diameter kit (part no 11090) and the large diameter kit (part no 11091), into one convenient package. Included in the set are 13 sizes of Rotabroach Cutters from 5/16” to 1-1/2”. Expands Job Board to Include All Collision Repair Jobs

Boulder, CO, August 12, 2013 – TopTech Finder expands its job board to help repairers find all types of collision repair workers. TopTech Finder ( has always been free for job seekers and is also free for employers for a limited time in 2013.

"At NACE in New Orleans, shops said that they wanted help finding all kinds of employees, not just PDR techs. We are expanding to better meet the needs of the industry.” said Jeff Herman, CEO of TopTech Finder.

Astro Pneumatic To Feature Their Air Belt Sander at 2013 SEMA Show

South El Monte, CA - Astro Pneumatic Tool Company ( will be featuring their Air Belt Sander (Item # 3035) at the SEMA show in Las Vegas in November 2013. This ground breaking tool is impressively designed to fit the needs of the user. This tool includes a simple belt tension lever with a belt protection guard and a no-slip handle grip for ease of use. In addition, it also features a variable speed control and an increased pulley space for new thicker belts.

TopTech Finder PDR Job Postings Free for a Limited Time

TopTech Finder Job Board connects PDR technicians and repair shops looking for seasonal and permanent help.
Boulder, CO, August 5th, 2013– TopTech Finder is offering its Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) technician job board to repair shops for free through the end of 2013. TopTech Finder has always been free for PDR Techs to search for and apply for jobs, but it previously charged a fee for repair shops to post jobs on the board.

Astro Pneumatic To Feature Their Powerful Waterborne Drying Stand at 2013 SEMA Show

South El Monte, CA. - Astro Pneumatic Tool Company ( will be featuring their powerful Waterborne Drying Stand (Item # 8750) at the 2013 SEMA Show. This innovative fan is specially designed to speed-up the drying process for waterborne and other types of paints. It also features an adjustable swivel which supports multiple fan positions allowing for flow to be precisely directed to the desired area.

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