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Stacey Phillips is an award-winning writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and writer and has assisted a wide range of businesses and fields. In addition, Stacey has co-authored two books.

 

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Wednesday, 11 May 2022 15:09

Glue Pulling Repair Becoming More Commonly Used in Auto Body Shops

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For more than 30 years, collision repair technicians have experimented with glue pulling repair (GPR) techniques to fix vehicles.

The tooling and techniques have improved over the years, allowing an increasing number of auto body shops to adopt GPR in their facilities, according to Chris White, president of KECO Body Repair Products.

 

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Chris White, left, president of KECO Body Repair Products, and Gene Fetty, right, KECO’s master technician.

 

“Glue pull repair is rapidly changing how collision repair work is done,” said White. “It is the least invasive, best-quality method to repair a dent today.”

 

KECO has more than 50 years of experience in plastics. Founded in 1963, the company was purchased by White in 2004. Two years later, it doubled in size and has continued to expand over the years.

 

In 2018, KECO opened a GPR facility and headquarters for body repair products in Oklahoma City, OK. Today, the team manufactures tabs, tools and accessories and provides training to dent and collision repair technicians.

 

The company’s Level 2 GPR System was awarded the SEMA 2021 New Product of the Year in Collision & Refinish.

 

During the SEMA Show, White teamed up with Gene Fetty, KECO’s master technician, to share information about GPR and demonstrate KECO’s products. His presentation, “Glue Pull Repair---Pull to Paint, and Beyond,” was part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education Series and recorded for future viewing here.

 

White explained GPR is a non-invasive cold straightening repair technique to pull dents with plastic tabs in various shapes and sizes. The tabs are adhered to a panel’s clear coat with specialized hot melt glues and then pulled with lifting devices.

 

“This method of damage removal offers significant advantages over traditional collision repair techniques because it does not remove e-coatings and corrosion protection applied to the panel by the vehicle manufacturer,” noted White. “This yields a simpler, cleaner repair that can significantly reduce the amount of body fillers and/or paint to finish.”

 

White is currently receiving inquiries from hundreds of shops a month interested in adding GPR to their repair arsenal.
 
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