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Thursday, 19 March 2020 21:16

Kool Tools: SEMA 2019

Written by Toby Chess
Kool Tools: SEMA 2019 Evercoat


Kye Yeung, Amber Alley and I walked the floor of SEMA 2019 to find more Kool Tools. As in the past, we found some interesting and unique tools that can save you and your shop time and money.

The first item we found was from Time Shaver Tools.


They have a fantastic set of sanding blocks. You cut four sheets of sandpaper from 9-by-11-in. and attach all four sheets. As the top sheet becomes worn, tear it off and a fresh sheet is available.


All metal parts are constructed from stainless steel, which will not rust. They are contoured to fit your hand and they come in four colors to fit different grit sandpaper. Finally, the spring locking device cuts end waste by nearly 40%.


The next product is from Evercoat.


Optex Super Build 4:1 Primer highlights dents, low spots, scratches and other surface imperfections while eliminating the need for messy carbon black powdered guide coats. This 4:1 primer sprays on pink and turns gray as it is sanded, revealing high spots, while low spots and scratches remain pink.


Kye's personnel tested it and found it does take a little longer to dry than conventional primer.


The next product we found was from Reliable Automotive Equipment.


The MEC600 pneumatic milling cutter tool was designed to open welding seams for easy removal of the outer panels. The adjustable guide of the cutter allows the MEC600 to be easily adjusted to different angular positions of the metal sheets. Damage is prevented by preventing the cutter from slipping off the edge.


The depth of cut can be varied so it does not damage parts under the part being cut. There are no sparks and it can move around tight spaces, such as the tail lamp pocket.


I would highly recommend visiting the RAE web site and watching the demo.


The fourth item we found---which Kye purchased---was the Glass Bot QuarterMaster.


Anchor one end of the cutting element to the body of the QuarterMaster and insert the other end of the cutting element into the through-bore in shaft. Attach the tip extension to the shaft and rotate the shaft to remove the window.


You can even save the plastic locating pins that always break when using other removal tools.

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