Autobody News - Items filtered by date: October 2011

Spies Hecker® is announced October 25 the introduction of Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098, a low VOC finish from the Spies Hecker® “2K-Acryl-System.” Easy to apply and buff, this clear coat is designed to deliver excellent results over solventborne and waterborne base coats.

Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098 is a reliable choice delivering excellent vertical stability and outstanding gloss. It features very good overspray melt in and can be sprayed in a 1½ coat process or in 2 coats, if desired.  It is specially formulated for small to large body repairs in multiple environments, offering the opportunity to improve results in the spray booth.  Less heat is required and less time is spent in the spray booth, equaling cost and time savings.

“With Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098, shops have a 2.1 clear that is friendly to use, easy to spray and buff and offers outstanding gloss for great results,” said Debbie Curry, product manager – North America. 

For more information about Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098, visit or call 1-888-371-3313.

Chief Automotive Technologies has donated a new frame rack valued at $50,000 to the Operation Comfort Automotivation program for wounded U.S. military service members. Chief distributor English Collision Equipment, Inc. installed the rack at no charge.

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“We are honored to have the opportunity to help these wounded warriors recover from the injuries they sustained while defending and protecting our country,” explains Mike Cranfill, vice president of collision for Chief’s parent company, Vehicle Service Group (VSG). “It is our hope that this equipment will aid in their rehabilitation and perhaps even ignite an interest in joining the collision repair industry once they are discharged.”

Operation Comfort is a non-profit, philanthropic organization focused on helping service members from all branches of the U.S. military who were wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq and are rehabilitating at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. Depending on the severity of their injuries, these men and women will stay at BAMC from one to four years or longer.

Operation Comfort provides financial assistance to service members and their families, helps refurbish and equip waiting rooms at the medical center, and offers a number of rehabilitative and therapeutic programs in non-clinical environments. These programs include hand cycling, sled ice hockey, amputee surfing, softball, river rafting and Automotivation.

CARSTAR Locations Expand in Texas, Washington, Missouri and New Mexico

More than 250 CARSTAR Stores around the Country

This spring and summer, seven independent collision centers around the country joined CARSTAR Auto Body Repair, which now has approximately 400 stores in the United States and Canada.

The new CARSTAR franchisees expect to benefit from the CARSTAR Management System, which provides resources to improve key business metrics such as cycle time, participation in CARSTAR’s 17 corporately managed DRP programs, and improved purchasing power from 44 corporately managed purchasing programs.

The seven newest members of the CARSTAR Nation include:
· Premier Collision CARSTAR in Tacoma, WA
· Bailey's CARSTAR Auto Body & Glass in Poplar Bluff, MO
· Miller's CARSTAR Collision in Houston, TX
· CARSTAR Collision Pros in San Antonio, TX
· ProCare CARSTAR Northeast in San Antonio, TX
· ProCare CARSTAR Southside in San Antonio, TX
· Galles CARSTAR Collision Repair in Albuquerque, NM

The Women's Indsutry Network announced on October 24 the location for their 2012 annual conference. The conference is scheduled to take place at the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, May 6-8, 2012.

“We are extremely excited about the selection of Atlanta for our 2012 Conference, as it has always been one of the most frequently requested locations when we asked our members,” said Katie Henwood, DuPont, who serves as WIN’s Conference Committee Co-Chair with Tina Clark, Collision Solutions. “We are working hard to gather an amazing array of speakers and activities for 2012, and we look forward to sharing more details, including a conference brochure, in the near future.”

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The Town Hall meeting on Health Care in the Service Industry was held on-site in Orlando at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA), this event was a platform to discuss healthcare reform and its effects on small-business owners.

The discussion, titled "How Will Healthcare Reform Affect My Business?" examined the impact of healthcare reform in the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provided an outlook for changes in healthcare laws in the future.

Industry experts Kaitlyn Dwyer, legislative analyst for ASA; and Bob Redding, ASA's Washington, D.C., representative, reviewed the new law's impact on independent automotive repair businesses and possible changes in healthcare laws. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions in this interactive presentation.

Panelists for the program included Donna Malvey, Ph.D., University of Central Florida; Terri L. Seefeldt, RHU, Rogers Benefit Group; Jim Houser, Hawthorne Auto Clinic Inc.; and Don Seyfer, Seyfer Automotive.

"At our Town Hall meeting, automotive repairers expressed concern about healthcare costs and the new healthcare law," stated Redding. "Congress is still discussing possible changes in the new healthcare law but it's important to note the administration continues the regulatory process and recently announced the long-term care insurance program known as CLASS, passed as part of last year's healthcare reform law, will not be implemented at this time. The administration indicated that the proposed new program is actuarially unsound."

AUTOBODY NEWS will be running a three part series on Health Care and Small Business starting in our December issue.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has often trumpeted the word "opportunity" as a descriptor for the collision repair industry's purpose at the SEMA Show, and in that spirit SCRS has announced that Sam Malatesta, CEO of ClaimsCorp International, has taken over the responsibility of delivering the aptly titled "Dealing With Resistance to Change" seminar on Nov. 4 at 12:30 pm.

Malatesta is the founder and CEO of ClaimsCorp International, a software and services company focused on leading the right changes in the Auto Claims Economy.  He previously was a co-founder and senior vice president of North America's first national collision repair chain.  During his career in the automotive and insurance industry, Malatesta pioneered various "collaborative innovation" business models that have proven to add value to all stakeholders in the value chain; collision repair entrepreneurs, their employees, insurers, and other key members of the supply chain.

GARMAT USA announced the winners of their 2011 Sharp Shooter Contest on October 21. The contest which started in early September, 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.

The Grand Prize Winner, Art Smith won a trip for two to SEMA 2011, he said this will be the first time he has ever been to SEMA, and he is excited to attend. His story can be found on the Garmat Facebook page. In addition to the grand prize 7 finalists received leather jackets for both the tech and body shop owner and every entrant was awarded a Garmat Sharp Shooter cap.

The Inland Empire chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) will hold a parts symposium meeting on November 9 at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at LKQ/Keystone in Ontario, CA (2530 Lindsey Privado #C). A tour of the facilities will kick off the meeting at 5 p.m. followed by dinner, then speakers will start at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will answer questions like 'are all aftermarket parts created equal?' and other aftermarket parts certification questions. The night's featured speakers will be Jack Gillis, executive director of the Certified Aftermarket Parts Association (CAPA), Bob Frayer with NSF Corporation, Charlie Hogarty of the Auto Body Parts Association (ABPA), and Eileen Sottile with LKQ Corp.

The price of admission is one new pair of athletic shoes for boys and girls (K-12th grade, sizes child's 10 to adult 10) or a $40 check to Shoes That Fit.

This event is already filling up so an RSVP is strongly recommended, please contact Cindy Shillito at 714-944-4028 or at to make reservations.

BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions announced October 21 that it will exhibit world-class customized cars and the very latest in waterborne and custom color technology in booth 21458 at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Nov. 1-4, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year, BASF is showcasing its Glasurit® and R-M® waterborne paint systems on the vehicles of the world class and internationally known builders who use them.

Chip Foose, television personality, automotive designer and owner of Foose Design, will be on hand to unveil the 1957 Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing,” that he has re-styled for BASF, on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 3:10 p.m. Chip will also launch 12 new Foose Signature Colors he designed for BASF and sign autographs Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., BASF will host the unveiling of the latest Ringbrothers masterpiece, Diversion, the highly anticipated 1970 Camaro restoration, painted in BASF’s Glasurit 90-Line waterborne system. Unveiling the Diversion for the Ringbrothers will be Bill Goldberg, former WCW and WWE Wrestler and host of the DIY Network television show, Garage Mahal. Ringbrothers will also make an appearance in BASF’s booth Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 2 – 4 p.m.

BASF is featuring two not-to-be-missed Mustangs in its SEMA booth this year: the Darryl Gwynn Mustang built by West Coast Customs and featured in the Sept. 11, 2011 episode of the television show, Inside West Coast Customs; and the first ever Richard Petty Signature Series Mustang built by Petty’s Garage. Both of these vehicles are painted with BASF’s R-M Onyx HD™ waterborne system. Be sure to stop by BASF’s booth to see these amazing cars and to meet the people who built them. Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner and CEO of West Coast Customs and star of Inside West Coast Customs, will make an appearance in BASF’s booth Thursday, Nov. 3 from 2 – 3 p.m. Richard Petty will also be stopping by the BASF booth to say hello and shake hands.

BASF is also promoting the North American launch of its R-M Carizzma Waterborne colors at this year’s show. In addition, BASF will have experts on hand to talk with customers about its collision repair industry value added services and tools: VisionPlus Business Solutions; VisionPlus Online Dashboard; and the best color matching tools in the industry.

Be sure to visit BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions in the Racing and Performance area of SEMA 2010, booth 21458.

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Global Finishing Solutions announced on October 20 a ground-breaking new development in paint booth filters with the introduction of the new WAVE Aqua filters. The first filter designed specifically for maximum performance with waterborne paints in automotive and industrial applications, GFS WAVE Aqua filters provide exceptional removal efficiency (99.73%), extremely low initial resistance (0.03" wg) and better depth-loading that traditional paint booth filters, which results in much more consistent airflow balance in the paint booth throughout the usable life of the filters.

WAVE Aqua filters are available exclusively from GFS, and come in standard pad sizes, as well as in multiple roll sizes. Custom sizes are also available.

GFS is a leader in providing paint finishing equipment and integration services to the Automotive Refinish, Industrial, Aerospace, and Military markets. For more information visit the WAVE Aqua website at or contact GFS at or at 800-848-8738.

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