Collision repairers are becoming increasingly concerned that their data is being used in ways they’re unaware of. They also feel it’s being used against them to control market dynamics.
During my first time painting with a pearl white tri-color, I started off with a white sealer with a hardener, then a basecoat and the pearl coat. After the sealer dried, I applied the basecoat, but after about a minute it all wrinkled, so I tried again. The first time, I let the sealer dry for about 30 minutes, but the second time I let the sealer dry for one hour. The second time, when I applied the basecoat, it was okay, but when I applied the pearl it wrinkled again. What am I doing wrong?
Proliferation of electronic components and data buses is forcing collision industry to join scan tool revolution.
Facebook has become the wild new frontier of marketing – one you can’t afford to ignore.
Scott Biggs of Assured Performance Network and Dale Delmege of Dale Delmege Partners Inc. debate who should establish collision repair industry standards: a third-party entity or collision repairers.
Scott Biggs argues that collision repair standards based upon OEM standards should be established and overseen by collision repairers.
Dale Delmege argues that collision repair standards based upon OEM standards should be established and overseen by a third-party entity.
Manufacturers’ technical support personnel often field calls from body shop employees about product failures that lead to poor paint jobs – only to find out it wasn’t the products but faulty paint prep procedures.
Some say that unions could be the solution to low wages and other issues in the collision repair industry. Others say unions would make those problems worse in a “careful what you wish for” scenario.
Market overcapacity, a smaller pie, increasing vehicle sophistication and a changing consumer are just some of the trends that continue to reshape the collision repair market.
Editor Jason Stahl touches on his visit to PPG MVP Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., where speakers addressed need to react quickly to changing world.
Publisher Scott Shriber notes that lots of industry data is flying around and being looked at today, and everyone needs to keep a watchful eye on this issue.