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Herkules Equipment Corporation recently introduced a new paint gun washer called the FastTrack that speeds up the paint gun cleaning process anywhere in the shop.
The FastTrack (model #G45) paint gun washer is inexpensive, lightweight, only 10 inches wide, and is designed to work with Herkules Sparkle Clean Blast aerosol can cleaner. Blast cleans both waterborne and solvent paints.
Rust is caused by moisture coming in contact with bare metal, producing a chemical reaction known as oxidation. The effect is to significantly weaken the metal and cause blistering underneath paint or primer.
KBS Coatings offers its customers the world’s top rated rust preventive coatings but now KBS Coatings has raised the bar even higher with the addition of Safety Blue to the ten color line-up of RustSeal colors, according to Ben Bonkoski, Operations Manager of KBS Coatings.
Redefining an entire category in an industry is a rare thing, but the next generation of clears has certainly arrived with the new Glasurit® Multi-Purpose Gloss and Rapid Repair Clears. Together, they form a streamlined clearcoat system you can use to perform any size repair while increasing quality, productivity and customer satisfaction.
Multi-Purpose Gloss Clear 923-460 for non-regulated areas and low VOC 923-220 Multi-Purpose Gloss Clear have been formulated by Glasurit chemists to improve on their highly regarded predecessors.
First published in 2008, the Autobody News Paint Primers may be of special interest to readers in states other than California who are investigating waterborne. There are FOUR separate Paint Primers covering issues relating to waterborne paint adoption in California. Each is consecutively numbered and paging is continuous.
Click HERE for the first issue in downloadable PDF format.
2nd issue click HERE to download
3rd issue click HERE to download
4th issue click HERE to download
Why Water? A White Paper from Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
As many coatings industry professionals across the United States and Canada are aware, automotive refinishing businesses in California are implementing the use of waterborne coatings in order to achieve compliance with new legislation addressing air quality in that state. Many other states appear soon to follow the lead of these air quality districts in California. This article will outline the changes on tap in California, and look at which states are considering similar regulations.
In 2008 Autobody News published a series of specials on waterborne paint called PAINT PRIMERS.
Then, we were talking to shop owners in Southern California primarily about the SCAQMD and San Joaquin Valley AQMD mandates which in effect required waterborne paint. These special sections are still readable online at www.autobodynews.com (Download Paint Primers).
This time we talked to Northern California shop owners in the Bay Area about their experience using waterborne paint and converting to waterborne painting systems. We wanted to know their feelings about the process of converting their facilities and training their employees, as well as find out the positives and negatives of the new environmentally friendlier paint.
by Mike R
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The Value of a Spray Out Card
January 18, 2009—I converted recently to PPG’s Envirobase HP and all seems to be going very well with the product. The colors are mostly good but there is the odd color that needs to be tinted. I need to do spray out cards on all colors and check for a good color match. This also creates a color library and saves time tinting down the road when a color is not acceptable. Proper documentation is a must when tinting a color. I include everything I have done to the color so the next car I spray the same color, the color match is perfect. There are many popular colors out for 2008–2009 so doing a card is a must. I have seen my silver library grow and grow over the last month. I also have a lot of reds and blues which seem to be popular also.
In California, most of the productive shops have gotten used to using gun washers because they were required to use them 12 or 15 years ago. They now understand the benefit of using a gun washer versus doing it manually but now they come out of the waterborne paint school and they’re not really sure how to clean their equipment. They’ve been told just to “Dump your guns in a bucket of water.” You can ruin an $800 spray gun by getting water in the air chambers. Even if your gun is stainless steel or anodized.
Autobody News asked Jim Stubert of B-TEC North America, to explain how you should use your automatic gun washer, and what to put in it. Stubert started out as a painter and he has been in the refinish coatings industry for 40 years. He has seen a lot of products. Says Stubert:
“B-TEC Systems is based in Northern Germany and manufactures a variety of products, but you asked about gun washers.
Four years ago there was so much more waterborne paint usage over in Europe than here; I became interested in how they were cleaning water-borne products. They’re don’t behave like solvent-based products. You can’t just put any kind of thinner or water in your gun washer and expect it to clean reasonably well. The Europeans had to figure this out 8-10 years ago when they were having difficulty cleaning waterborne paint from their spray guns.
We asked Rusty Rauls (left in photo), Vice President-COO of the Fix Auto corporate stores, and Todd Burdette (right in photo), Refinish Manager at Anaheim Fix Auto, what they learned in their multiple shop locations about handling the waterborne transition.
Established in 1954, Milpitas Auto Body is one of the older shops in the Bay Area. Owner John Whaley is an example of forward thinking owners who are making the waterborne change now. With 27,000 sq. feet of operating space, and 20+ employees, Milpitas Auto Body prides itself on getting the job done right the first time.
By launching two new additives for its Onyx HD line, BASF Coatings further strengthens its position at the forefront of waterborne automotive refinish paint technology. HB 004 Slow and Hydromix Slow will enrich the high-performance, environmentally compliant waterborne basecoat system Onyx HD which belongs to the R-M brand of BASF Coatings.