Collision Repair & Refinish

BASF to host West Coast Customs vehicle unveiling and show new car color technologies at SEMA

BASF to host West Coast Customs vehicle unveiling and show new car color technologies at SEMA

Designers Ryan Friedlinghaus, Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier and the Ringbrothers, plus racing legend Richard Petty, to make guest appearances

SOUTHFIELD, MI, October 29, 2013 – BASF will reveal a restyled vehicle, host celebrity autograph sessions and present the latest in car color technology from their Glasurit®, R-M® and Carizzma Colors™ paint lines at booth 21441 at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 in Las Vegas.

A restyled 2013 Scion FR-S from Ryan Friedlinghaus of West Coast Customs will be unveiled on Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. The vehicle will feature BASF’s new ONYX™ HD Low VOC Productive System. The new system produces low VOC basecoats that can be formulated as either waterborne or solventborne – the first system on the market to provide such options.

Shoot Suit Introduces their NEW Seat Protector In the New Products Showcase

Shoot Suit Inc. releases their NEW seat protector
Shoot Suit now offers a new seat protector designed to protect your seat from stains. The heavy duty vinyl coated fabric keeps it water and oil resistant to help keep your seat free of liquid stains. The oversized headrest pocket makes for easy on and off on most all vehicles. Smooth fabric makes for easy clean up (wipe off) or it’s machine wash and dryable for the tougher stains. Visit us at SEMA in booth #11361 in the collision repair and refinish section www.shootsuit.com

GARMAT 2013 SHARP SHOOTER To Be Awarded at SEMA

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO October 28, 2013 – GARMAT USA announces winners of their 2013 Sharp Shooter Contest. This is the third year for this highly popular contest which was designed to recognize quality paint techs and shop owners that use Garmat equipment. Judging was based on the shop owner and paint tech's dedication to providing quality paint jobs, superior customer service, attention to safety and overall equipment knowledge. Additional questions included an inquiry on how Garmat could improve their Garmat experience with product improvements.

TopTechFinder.com Expands Job Board to Include Mechanical Repair Jobs

Boulder, CO, October 29, 2013 – TopTech Finder expands to help mechanical repair shops find qualified employees, becoming the only job board specifically designed for mechanical and collision repair shops. TopTech Finder is officially launching the expanded website at the 2013 SEMA Show (booth 10747).

"After expanding in August to support all body shop jobs, we heard from our customers that they wanted to add mechanical jobs to the site. In response, we quickly expanded the job board to handle skills and certifications specific to mechanical repair jobs,” said Jeff Herman, CEO of TopTech Finder.

“Launching support for mechanical jobs at SEMA is perfect timing. Not only does the show have growing support for the collision repair industry, but traditionally it is the place to be for racing, tuning, and repair techs.”

BE BETTER - BE SMART - B-TEC SYSTEMS

B-TEC Systems comes to SEMA for the first time in booth 11474. B-TEC Systems is a German manufacturer of quality spray gun cleaning equipment, unique stainless steel work tables and organizers, and specialty solutions and compounds for waterborne and waterbase coatings. B-TEC Systems distributes standard and customized spray gun cleaning equipment for OEM, collision repair, woodworking, and industrial applications. We have facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. Please visit us to see unique new products, many of our most popular products, and terrific promotions. Contact Jim Stubert with B-TEC Systems with questions at (480) 621-5304 or jstubert@cox.net. Contact Lori Lundberg at btecusaoffice@gmail.com to arrange a meeting with a B-TEC Systems Specialist at SEMA. Websites: www.btec-usa.com / www.btecsystems.com

Estify’s “Reconcile” takes the time, hassle out of comparing shop estimate to insurer estimate

Estify’s new “Reconcile” service virtually eliminates the wasted administrative time shops spend figuring out the differences between their estimate and an insurer’s.
“Just upload both estimates, and Reconcile immediately produces a report showing all the differences between the two estimates, even if the estimates are written in a completely different order,” Jordan Furniss, a founder of Estify said. “For shops not reconciling estimates, it can mean hundreds if not thousands of more dollars per repair order by reconciling the differences and seeking payment for those differences. For those already reconciling, using Reconcile to do it can save them hours of time in the office every day.”
The report shows not only what line items may be missing from the insurer-prepared estimate, but also if there are any differences in labor times between line items.

Eastwood is on a Roll - Introduces New Bench-Top English Wheel

The Eastwood Company has launched a new Bench-Top English Wheel – professional quality with a knock-down design! English Wheels have been staple tools of metal fabricators for years, but overall size and price constraints have often kept them out of reach of DIY-hobbyists and small shops. Eastwood’s new Bench-Top English Wheel overcomes those issues. Eastwood’s English Wheel offers a 20" throat and 18" internal height to make this unit one of the biggest bench-top English Wheels on the market. "When designing this English Wheel, we wanted to offer a professional quality tool that was within reach of DIY-metal shapers and small fabrication shops," said Mark Robidoux, Eastwood Product Manager. "Shipping a large item like an English Wheel can be costly, but the knockdown design we engineered into this English Wheel allows it to ship via Fed-Ex or UPS."

PPG Featuring Custom Car and Motorcycle Celebrities at 2013 SEMA Exhibit

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – October 30, 2013 – The 2013 SEMA show is on November 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and that means it’s celebrity time at the PPG Automotive Refinish exhibit. The most colorful superstars of the custom car, motorcycle and drag racing world—Charley Hutton, Bobby Alloway, Tom and Mitch Kelly, Dave Perewitz and Kenny Youngblood—are set to appear at PPG booth 24501, and they’ll be ready to discuss their work, sign autographs and talk about why they prefer using PPG products.

These talented painters are known for their creative use of color, placing their work light years away from the ordinary. Each has his own distinctive style and flair, earning acclaim, respect, even a little bit of envy within the industry.

How do new steel bodies affect the restoration industry?

How do new steel bodies affect the restoration industry?
A SEMA Press Conference – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Joe Whitaker of Real Deal Steel, LLC and Nate Miller of Thoroughbred International discuss the current and future impact that new reproduction steel vehicle bodies have on the automotive aftermarket

Position in the marketplace:
• Niche
• Competitors –pricing ($30K for an Experi-Metal body but under $15K for an RDS)
• Keep cost low to introduce as many new bodies as possible to improve reputation for quality, generate excitement among retailers
• Project cars: Chop Cut Rebuild 56, Street Rodder 40 and 55
• Advantage of US-built (stigma, cost, employ US workers, trickle-down to local economy)
• RDS has constructed (102) 55-57 bodies, (10) 1940 Ford coupe bodies and (1) 1969 Camaro coupe body to date

Why a new body?
• Scarcity of originals of certain body styles
• Allows shop or customer to build completely new classic car

GFS, Axalta, and Kaeser team up to bring the hands-on paint booth demo back to SEMA!

Last year, SEMA attendees had the unique opportunity to suit up and spray the latest in waterborne paints inside a GFS paint booth. Every paint class filled up fast and the demo booth was one of the most talked-about scenes at the show.

At SEMA 2013, this wildly popular paint booth demo will be back in full force!

Global Finishing Solutions, Axalta Coating Systems, and Kaeser Compressors are excited to partner up to bring a hands-on demo experience to SEMA attendees where they’ll be able to suit up, grab a spray gun hooked up to a quality Kaeser compressor, and shoot some of the latest coatings from Axalta inside a state-of-the-art GFS paint booth!

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