All of us have heard it time and time again: "A great paintjob begins with great prep work." The greatest paint on earth if improperly applied will not yield a paintjob worthy of pride. However, should you "cheap out" on the prep work and use the best paint and application process but the prep work is second rate then the end result will be disappointing.
When speaking to a professional builder the first thing he will check on any car build is what went on "behind the scenes." What effort was put into making the bodywork flawless is equally as important as using superior supplies and equipment. On more than one occasion I have noticed builders checking out how the sheetmetal was treated underneath the carpeting, as this will give them a clue on how well the entire project was thought out and handled.
The products (tools, primers, paints, clearcoats) are all part of a good paintjob. No question you have to have the patience of a third grade teacher to deal with the countless hours of preparation that it takes to prep a body for paint. Once you have survived this challenge it begins again with the application process. But remember you do need to use topflight materials in order to get a show-winning paintjob. Of course, a little practice never hurt either.
Model 960 Abrasive Blast Cabinet
Every shop or garage needs a Skat Blast Abrasive Blast Cabinet to clean car parts. The 960 Pro Blaster Abrasive Blast Cabinet is the most popular of many siphon-operated cabinets. It's made in the United States by Skat Blast and sold by TP Tools & Equipment, designed to remove rust, paint, and scale while working in a closed environment.
Easy to use: Simply load part through side door, aim gun, and press foot pedal. The powerful C-25 foot-pedal–operated gun removes every trace of rust, paint, and scale to bare metal in minutes!
Includes: C-25 Foot-Pedal Power Gun, 12x24-inch view lens, 28-inch gloves, floodlight, 50-pound abrasive, automatic abrasive recycling system, and Vac-40 vacuum to remove dust created while blasting. It's made of strong 11- to 20-gauge USA steel. Work screen holds up to 200-pound objects.
- Requires 10- to 15-cfm air at 80 psi
- Work area: 28x46x28 inches
- Overall height: 64-1/2 inches
Cabinet is fully assembled and ready for hook up. Fully assembled cabinets up to 8 feet wide are available and in stock for fast shipment. Call to receive a free catalog.
TP Tools & Equipment
ChromaClear 7400S Non-Stop Clearcoat
If you run a paint shop, you know how important it is to get redoes, single-panel repairs, and bumper jobs in and out of the shop quickly. Fast-lane collision work can be greatly enhanced with the use of ChromaClear 7400S Non-Stop Clearcoat. Exceptionally fast drying air—drying times (30-40 minutes) can also be a benefit for shops that have limited or no bake capabilities. ChromaClear 7400S Non-Stop Clearcoat is a U.S. National Rule–compliant product.
Axalta Coating Systems
(Formerly DuPont Performance Coatings)
Cromax Pro: Fast and Better Waterborne Paint
Cromax Pro waterborne basecoat is part of a complete system that makes application easier and faster with a wet-on-wet process that typically achieves full coverage in 1-1/2 coats without having to flash between coats—helping improve your bottom line. Meeting environmental regulations is important, but cost and productivity goals are important, too. You can do it all with Cromax Pro waterborne basecoat, as upgrading to Cromax Pro reduces paint usage and speeds the repair process by eliminating up to four steps in the process, compared to competitive brands. A simple, proven upgrade process has been used to upgrade thousands of shops already. Upgrade your shop to the next level of productivity with Cromax Pro waterborne basecoat.
Axalta Coating Systems
(Formerly DuPont Performance Coatings)
House of Kolor is proud to present their Kustom Kolor Trends (KKT) Wall Series. They know how daunting the task is to find that perfect Kolor. With their new magnificent Kolor walls your customers will find the perfect color for their prized possessions. The KKT display board measures at a massive 43-5/8 inches tall by 26 inches wide, displaying 100 uniquely painted Shimrin2 Speed Shapes. The KKT01 showcases 100 breathtaking Shimrin2 Basecoat/Klearcoat Kolor combinations. The KKT02 wall series displays 100 mind-blowing KBC Kolors that are sure to turn heads. You can even paint your own set of custom speed shapes to create a unique KKTUF. KKT walls are a great tool to add to any shop's arsenal of painting gear.
House of Kolor
With thousands of Kolor choices in the House of Kolor's Shimrin2 Line, the process of finding that right Kolor can be a monumental task. With their new easy-to-use Kustom Kolor Trends Pocket Guide (HOKPG01) you can bring the Kolor to your projects prior to painting. HOKPG01 are handy, compact fan decks that contain 312 out-of-this-world Shimrin2 Kolors. HOKPG01 also serves as a great reference for any painter, especially when trying to hit that perfect kolor for yourself or your clients. Unlike other fan decks on the market, House of Kolor uses actual Shimrin2 paint for each of the swatches to accurately depict the applied finish. Look for the new additions to this fan deck system HOKPG02 (Kandy Base Coats) and HOKPG03 (True Kandies) coming soon!
House of Kolor
VP2050 DTM High Build Primer
VP2050 is the new two-component, direct-to-metal primer from PPG's Vibrance Collection custom color line. This gray, 2.1 VOC primer offers high build properties and excellent adhesion over bare metal, with outstanding corrosion resistance. With its excellent fill properties and resistance to sagging, this fast-drying, easy-to-sand primer is ideal for custom and restoration work.
- Offers high build properties
- Excellent adhesion to bare metal
- Strong corrosion resistance
- Outstanding sag resistance and fill properties
- Compliant for all markets, depending on reducer choice
PPG Automotive Refinish
Formulated Refinishing and Repair Products for Exact OEM Color Match
AutomotiveTouchup.com has everything needed for great automotive refinishing results for both do-it-yourselfers and professionals. AutomotiveTouchup uses the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to ensure an exact color match. Products are direct shipped to provide the highest quality products at the lowest cost possible.
AutomotiveTouchup paint systems are formulated for ease of use, paint flow, and dry times. The full line of products includes urethane and acrylic lacquer primers, ready-to-spray urethane basecoat colors, and urethane and acrylic clearcoats. Products are available in pints, quarts, and gallons and also in 12-ounce aerosol cans.
AutomotiveTouchup is a complete resource for everything needed for automotive refinishing and restoration, including body repair products and painting tools, including HVLP spray guns and respirators.
A user-friendly online color selector makes ordering easy, using the car's year, make, model, and paint code or color name for accurate selection.
Wanda Color Retrieval System
Precise color selection is easy with Wanda's advanced color retrieval system: ColorPro. Specially developed for jobber stores and body shops, ColorPro easily identifies accurate formulations and key information for a wide spectrum of standard and variant colors. Built-in tinting guides and color documentation references are all at your fingertips! With it, you not only have the right color, but also a number of tools that make your daily routine much more practical. New colors are developed as they are introduced by carmakers, then updated via the Internet.
Wanda Waterbase System
Built on the Wanda brand's commitment to simplicity, color, and value, the Wanda Waterbase basecoat system is a streamlined, affordable, and easy-to-use VOC-compliant option. The system virtually eliminates the complexities associated with many "green" systems to help make compliance easier, but without compromising performance! Ideal for small repairs or total re-sprays, the versatile Wanda Waterbase basecoat system delivers fantastic value, and "right-the-first-time" color match with these easy-to-use products. Wanda Waterbase Basecoat: Provides great coverage, easy application, accurate color match, blendability, and a consistently smooth, uniform finish. Wanda Low VOC Primer/Sealer: As a primer it offers great color holdout, filling and sanding properties, and very good adhesion to substrates. When used as a wet-on-wet non-sanding sealer, it offers a uniform surface for topcoat. Wanda Low VOC Clear: A fast-drying clearcoat offering excellent appearance, durability, and gloss retention.
Wanda Automotive Finishes
Wanda brand's simplicity, color, and value proposition continues to "wow" body shops with "right-the-first-time" performance every time. Wanda is a compact refinish system offering a full range of color and ancillary products. A simplified approach to mixing ratios, excellent color-match capability, and segment-leading color documentation makes the system easy to use and an incredible value! Wandabase HS basecoat provides quick drying, strong hiding power, and a smooth, uniform finish with accurate color match. Wanda PU 2K HS Topcoat single-stage topcoat offers high gloss, good opacity, appearance, and color match. Wanda 8100 2K Primer is a high-build primer filler with great adhesion, drying time, sanding properties, and durability. Wanda Plastic Primer is a universal, one-pack product that promotes adhesion on most automotive plastic substrates. Wanda Sealer is a wet-on-wet, non-sanding sealer with excellent leveling, opacity, and topcoat appearance. Wanda 8100 Clearcoat is fast drying with exceptional application, appearance, durability, and gloss retention.