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SCRS Assembles Panel to Discuss Dynamics of Adapting a Waterborne Paint System at SEMA


The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is bringing together a half-dozen experts on waterborne paint for an informative, essential panel discussion on adapting a collision repair operation to a water-based refinishing system.

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The seminar, titled, "Waterborne: How to Stay Afloat," is part of SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series taking place at this year’s SEMA Show. The discussion, moderated by Vice President Sales and Marketing for Painters Supply and Equipment Guy Bargnes, will provide businesses adopting a water-based paint department a first-hand look at what to expect.

Waterborne systems have gained increased prominence in the marketplace as paint manufacturers create robust variations of their products in response to increasingly mandated use.

"There is little question more repairers are facing waterborne implementation than before," said Bargnes. "This presents a wonderful opportunity to the repairer — if he or she understands what it takes to adapt successfully. This discussion was developed to promote that kind of understanding."


The panel is comprised of shop owners that have implemented waterborne. They will explore the challenges and benefits of their experience, share how they successfully made the switch, discuss pitfalls they would avoid now based on their experience, and offer considerations one should take into account when contemplating conversion. A Q&A session will follow, allowing panelists to specifically address concerns from shops thinking about making the move to the new paints.

"Beyond compliance requirements, there are a variety of reasons that a shop owner may want to consider in making the change to waterborne products," adds Bargnes. "Our panelists will address their motivations for considering a change, and discuss their rationale and strategies for implementing successful conversions."


Panel participants include:

Doug Albin
Body Works Collision Center
Murrieta, CA

Aaron Clark
Collision Solutions, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Craig Griffin
Laney’s Collision Centre
El Dorado, AR

Tom Deacon
Deacon’s Collision Center, LLC
Mayfield Heights, OH

Jim Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald Body Shop, Inc.
Monroeville, OH

"This is a rare chance to get real world insight about the process of converting to waterborne," said Clark. "It’s an exciting opportunity for shop owners to take away thoughts on what to do, how to do it, what to avoid, and what to expect. I encourage repairers to attend-waterborne is more than a trend; it’s here to stay."


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