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It's time to peel out and head for Sin City as the SEMA Show fires up and brings all your friends, business partners and industry titans together for a racin' good time.
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There has been lots of buzz over the F-150 and aluminum, but hardly any talk about what the paint shop needs to know. Although the refinish process will be similar, there are things to consider.
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Now that rivet bonding is in the mainstream with the Ford F-150, it's time for shops to look into training and equipment for this repair process.
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Technology has changed to the point where research before repairs is critical to performing a safe repair.
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Many more vehicle manufacturers are planning future composite products. With these changes, considerations on training for these repairs may be in order.
The big show is at the end of this month, so start planning your trip to the Motor City today.
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When was the last time you checked your welds? Remember, it isn't just your reputation on the line. Your customers are betting their lives on these welds.
Some industry experts believe we're focusing too much on aluminum now when we should be focusing on the overall technological challenges present in vehicles today.
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Getting the equipment and training for welding aluminum can open up doors to new services such as boat, RV and trailer repair.
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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.
Aluminum's the talk of the town these days, but some shops are still taking a "wait-and-see" attitude on tooling and training.
The city is back and alive, and cars are at the heart of it. All of us here at BodyShop Business will be there July 28-Aug. 2 for NACE, and we hope you will be too.
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Do you have the equipment it takes to repair aluminum? Here is a range of tools and other products you will need.
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Jon Bingham, owner of The Metal Surgeon in Denver, Colo., caters to a niche market by focusing exclusively on metal fabrication and preparation.
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We take a glimpse at part of a procedure from GM for replacing the aluminum front wheelhouse on a 2013 Cadillac ATS.
 
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