Carl Wilson, Author at BodyShop Business
Automotive Painting: It’s Still a Good Trade

I can think of no other industry where a young man or woman can start in an entry-level position and excel to an extremely comfortable living — without ever going to formal schooling or training.

Auto Refinish: Are You a Custom Painter?

What constitutes custom paint? And what’s the difference between custom painting and collision painting?

Proper Paint Prep: Foundational Integrity

Stay faithful to these paint prep fundamentals, and you’ll be able to avoid redos and comebacks.

Auto Body Refinish: The Liability of Paint

Repairers don’t think about it, but there is liability associated with paint that could land them in court as defendants.

Increasing Touch Time in Your Auto Body Shop

Strategies collision repair facilities can employ to decrease wait time and fix and deliver jobs faster.

P&M Profitability: Examining the Metrics

If we are not profitable with paint and materials, then the stark reality is that we are paying to fix the car.

Cycle Time: The Most Important KPI

Can we game the system to improve cycle time? Sure. But how about we simply fix cars faster?

PPE and COVID-19

With COVID-19 bringing a heightened sense of self-protection to the forefront, now is the time to reinforce the importance of PPE in the body shop.

Refinish: Separating Your Body Shop from the Competition

How can we showcase our refinishing skills in a manner that separates us from other shops and drives business to our door?

Paint & Materials Management: Get the Habit Started

It’s no revelation that the paint labor hours directly affect the P&M reimbursement dollars on every estimate. When you think about that formula, you have to wonder how we got here.

Protecting Yourself in the Paint Booth

Dad died in 2006 from respiratory failure. My brothers and I say the collision industry killed him, but it was really ignorance that did him in.

How to Train an Auto Body Painter’s Helper

While it’s true the techniques are many and the fundamentals are few, I’m going to teach a new helper a specific technique within specific parameters, staying faithful to the fundamentals in order to achieve the desired outcome.