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Structural Blue, paint code 8Y0 is a standard basecoat/clearcoat system. This amazing color looks like it might be difficult to repair, but actually, it's very simple. Follow this recommended procedure from PPG to perform a small spot repair on this color. Structural Blue was developed by Lexus and VIAVI Solutions Inc. It’s based on the coloration of the vibrant morpho butterfly, a species found in Central and South America. The butterfly appears blue in color but does not actually have blue scales in its wing surfaces. The blue color — which varies depending on the ambient light — is achieved through light interference. PPG has introduced a training video to assist paint technicians with refinishing Lexus automobiles sporting the OEM’s Structural Blue finish. The video has been produced to dispel the notion that complex colors require a complex refinish process. In fact, it's not difficult at all.

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Legens Hot Rod Shop in Martin, Tennessee is known for its over-the-top and award-winning builds. The shop is also known to stay on top of the trends when it comes to every detail of a build and one of the most important details to owner Steve Legen is the finish. His shop relies on the DeBeer Refinish WaterBase 900+ Series for its ground-up builds not only because of its resulting rich, glossy finish, but because it's OEM approved, delivers great coverage and is waterbased making the system ideal for any type of shop—from custom and restoration shops to high production collision centers.

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At Eckler’s Automotive Restoration and Performance Parts, getting the job done with the right parts is what it’s all about. In this how-to video, the experts at Auto Kustoms in Harrodsburg, Kentucky demonstrate how to do a Dynamat Carpet install on a classic 1971 Chevy Camaro. The procedures in this install will also apply to almost any Dynamat and carpet restoration project you have. This video takes you step-by-step through the process and also gives you a list of the parts (and part numbers) you need to get the job done. Eckler’s carries a wide variety of carpets and underlayment for the 1970-1981 Chevy Camaros, as well other parts and accessories you may need for your other projects.

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Productivity, speed, consistency and happy painters according to Tom Griffin, President of Mayfield Collision in Northeast Ohio. Ultra 9K, the new waterborne basecoat system by Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, surpassed both rigorous testing in his shops and his painters’ expectations. The system matches ease-of-use with color accuracy and premium finish. Sixty-eight toners cover everything from metallics to xirallics, while its color toolbox is complete with online color retrieval, a global color box and spectrophotometer. Adding to the system’s overall efficiencies in the shop and repeatable performance is Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes’ premium undercoats and clearcoats, which can be incorporated into the Ultra 9K refinish system. Request your own demo!

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Debuting at the height of the muscle car era, the Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most famous classic cars. While the 1969 Chevy Camaro is known for its gills on the quarter, and the 1967 Chevy Camaro had distinctive vent windows, the 1968 Chevy Camaro had neither. What it did have was a new simple clustered instrument panel and a standard three-speed column-mounted shift. The raised simulated air intake on the hood and SS emblem on the front, rear and side make the Chevy Camaro SS easy to recognize. In this great video we get a detailed look at an incredible 1968 Chevy Camaro SS that was originally purchased 36 years ago for only $600. It was restored from a beat up primer painted car, to a yellow mean machine seen at charity events and car shows. Watch the video to learn more about what went into restoring this amazing classic.


Gene Collucci fell in love with Corvettes in junior high. In the mid-70's he bought the first of his Corvettes and from that point on, this restorer-collector was hooked. Check out Gene's collection of cars, which started with a 1967 L79 Silver Pearl Roadster, and then grew to include a 327/365 HP four-speed Saddle Tan iridescent coupe, a 1963 Sebring Silver S/W Fuelie, a tri-power 1967 red-on-red roadster Corvette, and more. If there's one thing we know, it's that Eckler's Automotive Restoration and Performance Parts will be part of this story. Visit for all of your classic car parts and accessories!

Mazda paint code 46G Machine Gray is a special effect gray metallic color that gives the paint a “sculpted from solid steel” appearance. The OEM process utilizes an exotic tri-coat system made up of a black color coat followed by high brightness leafing aluminum layer, then is topped with a clearcoat. Given this unique clearcoat finish, and it's relatively thin film build, the procedure for performing quality repairs of this color differs from PPG's normal waterborne basecoat system process, especially in how the surface is prepped, and how the basecoat is applied. This specific minor repair process is best suited for small to medium-sized spot repairs. The process outlined in this document is necessary to meet appearance, performance, and VOC regulatory requirements. You should contact your PPG representative for full documentation on the approved products, systems and processes.

Visit for more information and to view Technical Bulletin TCB103 for the complete process to repair Mazda 46G Machine Gray.

Spanesi Americas offers a complete product line for collision repair facilities throughout the USA and Canada.

Spanesi developed the 360° Concept to provide collision repair facilities with a single source supplier for all of their collision repair equipment needs. From spray booths, prep stations, mixing rooms, straightening benches, welders, electronic measuring systems, vacuum systems, and more, no single company has a more complete product line than Spanesi.

Recognized as a top-tier provider of collision repair equipment, Spanesi equipment is certified by vehicle manufacturers around the globe. By employing modern day repair methodologies into the new product design processes, Spanesi equipment is created to accommodate current and future vehicle construction methods and repair standards. Spanesi utilizes the highest quality materials available in order to ensure the strength and durability of Spanesi equipment throughout its lifetime.

Spanesi’s 360° Concept also offers facility design, training and support throughout the pre-sales, purchasing and post-sales experience.

As collision repair facilities upgrade and purchase equipment, many are migrating from “old school” brands to the latest in collision repair technology. Owners, managers and technicians are quickly choosing Spanesi as their preferred equipment supplier.

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Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes perfected its water-based offering with the new Ultra 9K. The system addresses what is most important to every collision repair center: productivity and efficiency. The Ultra 9K water-based system delivers on hiding, cycle times and finish with a wet-on-wet application process and ease of use with a no-stir system equipped with 68 toners including pearls, xirallics and metallics. Color tools are not lacking either including a global color box, online color retrieval system and spectrophotometer.

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Reliable Automotive Equipment is proud to offer the highest quality High Strength Steel Drill Bits in the automotive industry today. With the amount of specialty materials used in automotive manufacturing on the rise, we strive to keep up with the ever changing market and stay up to date with the tools and equipment required to get the job done the right way. Wielander & Schill, one of the industry leading companies in producing O.E.M. certified tools and equipment, produces BTR/BOR drill bits that meet O.E.M. requirements for getting the job done to their standards. We carry these bits in a variety of sizes, ranging from 4.2mm to 10mm, to meet your needs based on the job at hand. Made to cut Boron steel, these bits are typically used in conjunction with the WS 90 Vario Drill and the BTR Fluid Cutting Oil. The Vario Drill allows you to set plunge depths and keep a steady hold on your material, while the cutting oil reduces friction and wear on the bit but also enhances the ability to cut into your material. This combination of tools provides for the quickest, cleanest, and most efficient drilling of high strength steel possible. Using our German manufactured products you can keep the quality of your repairs in line with the standards of the vehicle manufacturer and maintain peace of mind knowing that the job was done right.

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