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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!

Clean That Spray Booth!

Cleaning and maintaining your spraybooth is essential to avoiding costly redos and keeping a tidy shop.

AkzoNobel Recognizes Sustainability Challenge Grant ‘Outstanding Students’

AkzoNobel today announces the recognition of two Outstanding Students in its 2013-2014 Sustainability Challenge Grant program. Tyler Huizenga, representing Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA, nominated by instructor Steven Youngs; and Evan Vail, representing Applied Technology Center in Rock Hill, SC, nominated by instructor Mark Dellinger, are the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Student

Victor Technologies Announces Welding Contest for Auto/Collision Students

Victor Technologies will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes as part of its 2014 “A Cut Above” student contest. The contest is open to students in cutting, welding and related programs (e.g., Ag Mechanics) at secondary and post-secondary schools. Three beginner students will each win $250 by submitting a 500-word essay that

Krazy Paint Pinstripers Design Contest Underway

The Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama presented by RAD AIR Complete Car Care and Tire Centers announced  the start of the 2015 Krazy Paint Pinstripers Design Contest. Krazy Paint Pinstripers will create a design for the 49th annual Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Presented by RAD AIR Complete Car Care and

Bodyworks: Power with Plasma

The plasma cutter may be mysterious to many, but its functions
are undeniable, especially when it comes to cutting heat-treated alloys like boron steel.

BodyWorks: The DOs and DON’Ts of Refinishing Pearl Tricoats

The problem: You don’t know how many coats of pearl the OEM applied at the factory. The solution: Make a letdown panel.

BodyWorks: Tales From the Shop

Every botched job I see reminds me of the lack of pride some techs and painters have in their work. Having a plan and following your paint system’s handbook goes a long way toward avoiding such disasters.

Bodyworks: Working on Hybrids: a Body Shop Primer

Hybrids account for only 1% of all U.S. light-vehicle sales, which actually presents a dilemma for shops: Because hybrids aren’t all that common (yet), shops aren’t as familiar with the potential hazards as they should be.

Passing of the Torch – Part I

Oxyacetylene Torches Can be a Versatile Tool for the Class and Shop

Body Works – The Skinny on Door Skinning Without Using Filler

Adapted from Mike West’s article in BopdyShop Business

A Veteran’s Guide To Structural Repairs – Part 2

Adapted from Barney Slifer’s article in BodyShop Business