Recently we officially ended the Hardcore Knight project without ever really addressing the paint job. Since it is the first thing you notice on this car, it bears some attention.
The flat black from Kustom Shop’s Hot Rod Flatz collection was used to finish off this project. What’s great about this collection of paints is that it has that old school rat rod feel, but with a durable paint system. This whole flat paint look came from the days when guys would hot rod their rides, but never got past the primer stage when it came to paint. It may have been due to lack of funds, but more likely, since it was in the early days of hot rodding, speed was king and fancy paint jobs came second to horsepower.
Regulations for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) seem to be ever changing and can be confusing. VOCs are defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "any compound of carbon that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions." VOCs are regulated because they contribute to the creation of atmospheric ozone and smog in urban areas. They also present health risks to individuals after long-term or repeated exposure.
Vandalism and/or graffiti damage to vehicles is an occasional problem brought to collision repair facilities. Types of vandalism damage include physical destruction, defacement, fire, and/or theft. Examples of destruction can include broken glass, punctured tires, or damage to external parts such as mirrors, lights, and antennas. Defacement may be a problem such as spray-painted graffiti (see Figure 1).
The Refinish Subcommittee of the Automotive Service Association's (ASA) Collision Division Operations Committee continues to monitor repair issues including time requirements to properly handle quality repairs.
During a Collision Industry Conference meeting in April, 2006, a shop owner complained that he had purchased a new spot welder. After it arrived, he was informed that his shop needed to be rewired to accommodate his new welder. $7,000 later, he got his new welder functioning. Soon afterwards, he realized that he needed more "optional" equipment to make the spot welder completely functional. A few more thousand dollars and he finally had the machine in production.
One of the more valuable assets in the collision industry is documented information on collision repairs from the vehicle maker for a specific vehicle. The Chrysler Group, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles, is making that asset easily available, and at a very reasonable cost. Body repair manuals for many 2006 and newer models are now available on CD-ROM for $2 each.
CARQUEST Auto Parts and MACS Worldwide, a non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket, have teamed up to find the best mobile A/C and heat transfer service technician in the United States and Canada.
With three main estimating systems, "included operations" can be difficult to nail down. Shrinking profit margins makes it more important than ever to get paid for each and every procedure performed to restore a vehicle to pre-accident condition. Although a vast amount of repair information is available on manufacturer's web sites, navigating through these sites can be challenging.
Some believe that straightening damage to exterior panels is becoming somewhat of a lost art form. In the pre-unibody era, a majority of damaged panels were repaired instead of replaced. For a variety of reasons, many more damaged panels are now being replaced rather than repaired.