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PPG ENVIROBASE® High Performance Paint System Pushes Auto Body Shop into Tomorrow and Beyond

Written by Autobody News Staff
Jim Loynes, left, and his son Austin switched to PPG’s ENVIROBASE High Performance Waterborne paint system and are loving every minute of it. Jim Loynes, left, and his son Austin switched to PPG’s ENVIROBASE High Performance Waterborne paint system and are loving every minute of it.


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Head Painter/General Manager Austin Loynes and his father, Jim Loynes, at Complete Color Auto Collision aren’t afraid to invest in the best tools, products, and equipment they can find to fix cars to OE standards and exceed customers’ expectations.

Complete Color Auto Collision
Location: Fowler, MI
(989) 593-4110


Company at a Glance…
Type: Collision Repair

Facility Employees: Five
In Business Since: 1999
Number of Locations: One
Production Space: 8,000 square feet


To continually hit their numbers and serve their ever-growing customer base at a high level, the Loyneses recently purchased a new drive-through downdraft spray booth and switched to PPG’s Envirobase High Performance Waterborne paint system.


Austin is only 25, but he’s already running the show at Complete Color, and Jim is totally OK with it. In fact, he’s thrilled.


At first it didn’t look like Austin would even be working in the collision repair industry, primarily because his father tried to steer him in another direction.


“We told him to go to work in any other industry but collision repair,” Jim said. “I didn’t want him to get a career where it could beat up his body. So, I told him to go to college and get a desk job to use his brain and avoid the wear and tear. But he didn’t listen, and now we can’t get rid of him.”


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Complete Color Auto Collision is proud to say it's the only body shoop in its area spraying a waterborne product.


As a car nut, Austin studied to be a mechanical engineer initially, so he could design tomorrow’s vehicles, but the auto body shop life was calling and pretty soon he answered the call.


“I talked to a professor at Lansing Community College and he said I should enter their collision repair program before it no longer existed,” he said. “I fell in love with the program and consumed as much information as I could to use here at the shop. My professor was right because in 2018 when I completed the program, it went belly up.”


Upon graduation, Austin began working full-time at the shop under the tutelage of his father.


“Dad is like the head coach, our techs are the offensive line and I’m like the quarterback as the head painter/manager,” he said. “The QB usually wins the MVP if they perform well but they also get the heat if they make a mistake.”


Austin loves every aspect of body shop life, but decided fairly early that painting was going to play a big role in his future.


“I work hard to be a better painter every day and I am really proud of what I do. I tell people that there are two groups out there---applicators and painters---and I’m a painter.”


To stay on top of their game and keep winning with every vehicle they repair, the Loyneses at Complete Color Auto Collision decided to...

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