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Profit in the Paint Shop Series: The Lost Art of Masking

Precision masking is a skill you must develop if you plan on masking components while maintaining the “invisible repair” concept.
Part 3 of a six-part series on how to maximize profit in the paint shop.

Profit in the Paint Shop Series: Sand Scratches and Pinholes

By identifying and understanding some of the causes of redos,
we can minimize their frequency and stop losing money.

Used Car Dippers and Dead Cats

Short life spans on auto coatings once gave rise to a unique segment of collision repair: the “used car dipper.”

Preparing for Waterborne

Haven’t switched to waterborne/low-VOC coatings yet? Here are some steps you have to take to prepare yourself…because there’s no stopping this train.

Blending Clear Into the Factory Clearcoat

This technique should help you avoid a clear line or halo coming back to haunt you.

How to Paint More Efficiently

A little known maneuver called the “two step” can help high-volume painters save time and energy.

Viewpoint: Just Say No to Partial Refinish

Most body shops don’t address “partial refinish” on insurer estimates, but that’s like letting money walk out the door.

Reader’s Choice: Plastic Repair

“I repair classic cars to newer ones. With all the different kinds of plastics out there, how do I determine what kind I’m working on and the ideal method of repair?”

Waterborne/Low-VOC: Their Way, Not Yours

Waterborne/low-VOC coatings require you to follow the rules when applying.

Pearl Car Paint Job: Mastering the Three-Stages

Some painters dread three-stage paints and pearls, but there is a secret and a method of matching that works every time.

The Perfect Custom Paint Job

The perfect custom paint job depends largely on what kind of vehicle you’re putting that wild or mild job on.

Mastering Waterborne/Low-VOC Refinish Application

They say that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. But when it comes to auto painters and waterborne/low-VOC coatings, they’re going to have to. The tricks, though, are more like new habits they’ll have to develop to ensure success with this new refinishes.