BodyShop Business
Current Issue   April 2014
All In For Aluminum

Aluminum's the talk of the town these days, but some shops are still taking a "wait-and-see" attitude on tooling and training.


Detroit: The Heart of the Auto Industry

This year's NACE event is shaping up to be the biggest yet. We hope to see you on the snow floor!


Using Heat to Improve Your Cycle Time
Using Heat to Improve Your Cycle Time

By implementing heat in your shop, solvents evaporate faster, isocyanate catalysts crosslink quicker, and body fillers, sealers, basecoats and clearcoats all accelerate.


Web Lingo 101

What exactly is SEO? How about an IP address? Here's a rundown of all the jargon you should know in order to improve your presence on the Web.


Buying Tips: Spraybooths
Buying Tips: Spraybooths

Several spraybooth manufacturers offer their advice on how to get the most out of your search and purchase.


R&I of Glass: Can You Afford to Wait?
R&I of Glass: Can You Afford to Wait?

Some shops are finding that removing and installing glass themselves is having a positive impact on their cycle time. But there are important technical aspects you need to know first.


Can You Afford to Expand?
Can You Afford to Expand?

Four prominent multi-shop operators discuss how they have financed their growth and the lessons they have learned along the way.


Equip Yourself for Aluminum
Equip Yourself for Aluminum

Do you have the equipment it takes to repair aluminum? Here is a range of tools and other products you’ll need.


Aluminum: Not Difficult, Just Different
Aluminum: Not Difficult, Just Different

Years of high-end luxury cars have insulated most shops from having to worry about repairing aluminum. Now, the popular Ford F-150 will be aluminum, and it's time to get on board and accept the inevitable.


Reader's Choice: Blind Spot Monitoring
Reader's Choice: Blind Spot Monitoring

“Many cars such as Toyota and Lexus are offering blind spot monitoring. There are four sensors on each car behind the bumper covers. I’ve heard that if the paint on the bumper cover is too thick or has filler, the sensors won’t function properly. Is ...


Reader's Choice: Treating Rust
Reader's Choice: Treating Rust

"What is the proper way to treat rust? I do quite a bit of restoration, and rust has always been a problem. Also, how do you prep a vehicle that has been sodablasted?"


Reader's Choice: Capping Paint and Materials
Reader's Choice: Capping Paint and Materials

"Legally speaking, how can insurance companies limit paint and materials charges?"


Reader's Choice 2014
Reader's Choice 2014

Three lucky readers get their questions answered and win $50!


Profit in the Paint Shop Series: Anticipate the Blend... and Blend!
Profit in the Paint Shop Series: Anticipate the Blend... and Blend!

Once a painter is in command of time-tested techniques and is faithful to the proper execution of those techniques, blending can be pretty simple. Part 4 of a six-part series on how to maximize profit in the paint shop.


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