February, 2010 Archives - BodyShop Business
Waterborne Paint Conversion for Body Shops

Waterborne paint is the wave of the future for body shops. As environmental regulations become stricter for collision repairers, many are looking to waterborne paint to help their body shops go green. But converting to waterborne isn’t as simple as switching out paint cans. Spraybooths, spray guns and gun cleaning equipment often must be updated.


I recently met with some of my peers in the publishing industry, and the subject of a good, quick and inexpensive lunch came up. As I listened to my contemporaries drop the names of their favorite eateries, I contemplated whether or not I should offer my two cents. Of course, I was familiar with many

EDITOR’S NOTES: A Worthwhile Investment

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a body shop owner complain about spending all this money to train one of his technicians, only to watch the tech take off down the street to a competitor. But never before had I heard what Doug Kielian, owner of Auto Kraft in Lincoln, Neb., told

Know Body Shop’s Problems to Start Lean Transformation

Is someone trying to sell you slick lean “tools” before you’ve identified your shop’s problems? Fall into this trap and you may be very disappointed by the outcome.

Tools Invented by Collision Repairers

Eureka! These repairers saw a better way to do their jobs, rolled up their sleeves and invented tools they hope will revolutionize the industry.

Converting a Body Shop to Waterborne Paint: What to Expect

After eight years working with waterborne basecoats, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s a no-frills, firsthand account of my experience.

Body Shop Profit Tips

Five successful collision repair executives share their secrets to success in 2010.