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Monday, 31 July 2006 17:00

Start with a stencil; create a custom airbrush design

Written by Rich Evans

Almost two years ago, I decided to design some helpful tools for the custom paint industry, primarily focusing on the automotive airbrushing profession. Having been involved with airbrush artists since I dove into the custom paint industry many years ago, I've watched the profession evolve first hand. 

Thursday, 31 August 2006 17:00

A guide to creating a show-stopping finish

Written by Rich Evans

Do you have a project car that has been sandblasted down to bare metal and needs a spectacular finish? To explain in detail the complete process of transforming a bare metal vehicle into a show quality finish, the project I'm breaking down is a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible. 

Saturday, 30 September 2006 17:00

Putting graphics on a big rig

Written by Rich Evans

One project that has brought me a lot of recognition, and was most rewarding as well, has to be the Meguiar's big rigs. At the Super Chevy Show in 2002, I displayed one of my skulled out trucks which caught the attention of Meguiar's driver John. He later approached me and explained that Meguiar's had just recently purchased two new big rigs and were looking for the right person to lay down the custom graphics. Mike Kennedy of Meguiar's asked me for an estimate or quote for the job - typical procedure for a paint shop. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2007 16:58

QRS air compressors offer many advantages over reciprocating compressors

Written by Rich Evans

I recently added the Chicago Pneumatic QRS Quiet Rotary Screw air compressor to my shop because of its quiet operation, smooth and pulse-free air output, compact size, high output volume, low vibration, prolonged service intervals, and long life.

Monday, 15 January 2007 14:48

Using autobody painting techniques to apply graphics to a speedboat

Written by Rich Evans

While working on a radically custom '56 Chevy Hardtop called the Black Knight, I called upon Todd Oneal of Bassani Exhaust to collaborate with me on a very extreme exhaust system.

Wednesday, 10 January 2007 17:20

Airbrushing the graphics on the Meguiars rigs

Written by Rich Evans

 By Rich Evans

{mosimage}After all the plotting, back masking, priming and prepping, it is finally time to paint the flames on the Meguiar's rigs, with a focus on the airbrushing techniques of Huntington Beach Bodyworks' master artist Terry Stephens.

Tuesday, 02 September 2008 15:58

Barons in the Buff 2008: Insurers & Their Partners Expose Themselves

Written by Dick Strom

It’s time for the latest installment of Barons In The Buff, a collage of candid quotes from the mind-trust of insurance personnel, those who once walked in their shoes, and from those of us who know them all too well. We trust you will find these quotes educational and entertaining, and encourage you to send us any notable quotes. Remember, the truth is always “stranger than fiction.”

Saturday, 02 August 2008 10:51

Safe and Quality Repairs: Putting Profit Back Into Repair Process

Written by Dick Strom
Co-written with Mike Orso

A major conundrum shop owners face today is the fact that, contrary to what insurers espouse, all collision repairs are not created equal. The lack of true standards in the repair of collision damaged vehicles leaves the potential for improper or substandard repair up to the discretion of the shop or the insurance company paying for the repair.
Monday, 07 July 2008 13:09

Body Shop Vacation: Impressions From a Month in France

Written by Dick Strom

For those collision repairers with your noses constantly to the grind wheel, I’d like to depart from my regular format and point out that there is more to life than that found in the shop. Left to me, my wife and I would probably never have spent a month touring France by car. But Bobbi never lost her “wanderlust” as a military brat of a career Marine and so we were off to France, Rick Steves’ handy travel guides in hand. Here are some impressions of our trip to the motherland of the Impressionist Movement. 

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 10:03

Nightmare Lays Out Worse Case Scenarios for Insurer Partners

Written by Dick Strom

I awoke in a cold sweat as from past nightmares, relieved that this particular nightmare didn’t have a direct bearing on my life. It certainly did affect the lives of others. I forced myself to remember every detail so the dream would not fade away.