Carl Wilson, Author at Tomorrows Technician
What Constitutes Custom Color in Automotive Refinish?

Some say any color not represented by an OEM offering is custom … but that’s a moving target.

Paint Booth Protection

What do we need, where do we need it and why?

Mattes & Metallics: The Challenges Of Specialty Coatings

Matte finishes and micro-fine metallic finishes present some challenges, but practice and adherence to manufacturer guidelines can help.

The Body Work Evolution Of Masking Solutions

To start, let’s loosely define the purpose of masking. I would sat it’s to protect the masked object. Protect it from what? In the paint shop, we focus on overspray protection, but there are other activities in the body shop that make protecting the masked object necessary.

Auto Body Tech Tips: Eliminating Sealer Creep

Many have eliminated the need for a wet-on-wet sealer by finishing off the 2K primer with a finer grit sandpaper, but sometimes it’s still prudent to seal a repair prior to refinishing. You don’t want to experience the dreaded “sealer creep” in a door jamb, where the sealer’s edge is exposed rather than covered with

The Problem With Color: How Did I Choose To Mix This?

Adapted from Carl Wilson’s article in BodyShop Business.   When mixing paint, having a purpose to achieve the results you’re after will lead to better color match. In the April issue, we discussed fundamentals, pre-existing paint problems and painter responsibility. (Click HERE for the article.) Briefly, let’s under-score painter responsibility: • Turn the mixing bank

The Fundamentals Of Color

There is no magic bullet when it comes to color matches. A review of the fundamentals, however, and seeking solutions and not excuses can help us get to the promised land.

The Art Of The Refinish: Making An ‘Invisible Repair’

There is a lot that goes into making an “invisible repair” from the refinish side. Here are some procedures to get you off to a good start.

Aluminum In The Paint Shop – What You Need To Know

There has been a lot of buzz since the 2015 Ford F-150 – largely comprised of aluminum – was released. And rightly so!

Help! I Have A Paint Issue!

I own a body shop, and we recently received a car with damage on the paint. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like crow’s feet. How do I fix this?