By Douglas McColloch
Collision Repair & Refinish Products
The Latest Products for Repairing and Refurbishing From the 2018 SEMA Show
It may be the one segment of the automotive aftermarket that no enthusiast ever really wants to get too acquainted with, but it’s one of the most essential and one of the most universally patronized. Specifically, it’s the collision-repair sector—the companies and shops that manufacture and apply the paints, finishes and replacement bodywork that can transform a dinged-up road casualty into a like-new machine.
While the proliferation of various OE safety technologies has made production cars safer than ever to drive, accidents will happen—and perhaps because of that, the collision-repair industry remains a robust market overall, with annual revenues of $38.5 billion forecast by 2020, according to industry trade publication Body
As advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have assumed a greater prominence on OE production platforms, the collision repair segment has needed to adapt and refine its best practices to accommodate the changes. Proper scanning, recalibrating and sensor location are of greater importance than ever, and more collision-repair companies are working overtime to keep abreast of, and stay within, often-complex OE compliance mandates.
For industry members seeking guidance, resources such the SEMA Show’s Education Sessions can provide an assist. Both the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists offer instructional seminars throughout Show week. Visit www.SEMAShow.com/education for additional information.
What follows here are entries that exhibited at the 2018 SEMA Show New Products Showcase.
Alldata diagnostics with unlimited pre/post scans. With one click, scan all vehicle systems and generate pre- and post-scan reports to repair vehicles back to OEM specifications with insurance repair documentation. Alldata collision OEM information is built in.
The new black series is the latest offering from Ani. The improved design includes new aluminum parts for optimum weight and balance. New air-flow technology. Reduced overspray.
Apollo Sprayers International Inc.
The Maxi-Miser 7700 TrueHVLP spray gun is said to be the only HVLP spray gun that works with compressed and turbo air. Great for basecoats and clearcoats of any brand or type. Increase transfer efficiency and reduce overspray by 38+%. The C7700 offers bottom and top cup versatility in one spray gun. Made in the U.S.A. from aluminum and composite materials.
Arconic Fastening Systems
The unique BT-3 includes nose tip for 5/32-, 3/16- and 1/4-in. rivet sizes and is ideal for a wide range of uses where portability and being free of an air hose is paramount. Uses include construction, trailer repair, furniture, light fixture and sign repair. This powerful (4,700-lb.) production-quality tool can set hundreds of rivets on a single charge.
Astro Pneumatic Tool Co.
The new 10SL 370-lumen COB ultra-slim light features an entire body length, a nearly indestructible design, a large 2,600-mAh lithium battery, a top flashlight, and an IP66 waterproof rating. Includes a magnetic swivel base and a hanging hook that click-locks onto the light body.
Astro Pneumatic Tool Co.
The new 65SL LED Slim Light boasts a 650-lumen COB LED with a massive 3,200-mAh lithium battery. The unique recessed dial on the back allows the user to adjust the power switch for full control of the 60–650-lumen range with a button switch for the top 120-lumen flashlight. Includes green LEDs on the side of the light body indicating the current charge level.
Glasurit products offer world-class results with unmatched finishes for all collision and restoration jobs. Glasurit 151-170 UV Primer Grey is a safe, simple to use primer that dries exceptionally fast so you can get more out the door with lower energy and labor costs.
Autocap North America
The Limco line offers BASF quality products at economy prices. The LP790K White Primer Surfacer and LP810K Black Primer Surfacer are high-quality primer surfacers that can be mixed to create the perfect L-shade groundcoats to enhance hiding and topcoat holdout.
R-M lines offer maximum efficiency to high-productivity collision centers and BASF quality to collision shops and restoration shops alike. R-M 910 Universal Prep Cleaner is the next generation, improved final wipe waterborne cleaning technology.
Glasurit products offer world-class results with unmatched finishes for all collision and restoration jobs. Glasurit 923-58 Urethane Matte Clearcoat combines a pre-flexed clear with a matte clear, all in one. A simple and easy clearcoat.
The Limco line offers BASF-quality products at economy prices. Limco LP600 1K Acrylic Primer is a gray, single-component lacquer primer offering easy sanding.
Glasurit products offer world-class results with unmatched finishes for all collision and restoration jobs. Glasurit 801-74 Black and 801-76 White Elite Epoxy Primers offer improved application and better performance for any production shop atmosphere or restoration project.
Innovative mat for booth floors that traps airborne contaminants and protects floors. Durable, lightweight, nonwoven material has an adhesive back that keeps the mat in place. Can be used with Like90 particle Control. Reduces paint contamination up to 50%. Green color makes booth pleasant and bright. Padding reduces painter fatigue. Lasts three to four months.
Convenient aerosol coating for spray-booth windows, lights and other glass surfaces. Quickly forms a crystal-clear film that protects from paint overspray. Lasts for months and through multiple bake cycles. To replace, simply wipe off with a wet sponge or damp cloth. Water-based and biodegradable. Maintains proper booth lighting and visibility.
White Out is a revolutionary protective coating for paint booth walls. It can make an old booth look new in two hours. Sprays on fast, even on overspray-covered walls. Super film strength and durability make removal by peeling fast and easy, even after a year and multiple bake cycles. Can be overcoated between maintenance cycles so the booth stays bright.
Low-VOC, high-power aerosol spray-gun cleaner. Comes with a convenient two-way spray top that allows a wide fan spray and a super-focus stream through a straw. Meets California VOC regulations.
Like90 Shoppies are unique and useful brushes designed especially for body shops. The handles are all plastic, and there are no metal bales to scratch paintwork or damage moldings. Stiff and high quality. Lasts longer and won’t shed, making for clean lines when spreading seam sealer. Shoppies come in multiple sizes to match various body-shop applications.
Panel Check temporary gloss simulates the look of clearcoat. Spray on repaired body panels to reveal wavy bodywork, dents and other hard-to-see defects. Saves time and money by allowing defects to be fixed before painting. Unlike clear, Panel Check is odorless and has no isocyanates. Safe on base and clearcoat, primers and cured plastic fillers.
The Car Bench Contact Evolution (G.M.F.) measuring software enables the operator to quickly measure a vehicle to properly diagnose and identify damage without lifting the vehicle or putting it on a bench. The process ensures a correct first inspection, reducing supplemental estimates. It can take as little as seven minutes.
A new laser measurement gun by Celette for quick damage diagnostics with no levelling process and the accuracy of +/- 2 mm. It’s lightweight and could be used on aluminum, steel and carbon fiber to measure underbody, side or the upper level of a vehicle. Includes online 3-D software that uses original OEM data, print reporting and saves to the cloud.
The Cameleon Premium is a customizable fixture-set solution for fixing a damaged vehicle. This set includes standard sliding blocks along with extra adapters for horizontal and multi-angle fixtures to fix a wide variety of vehicles. Technicians are able to customize their own assembly solutions to measure and repair using the software.
The Rotogen 1000 is a gyroscopic mixer for small volumes of waterborne paint. Produces consistent quality mixing results and no mixing by hand. Easy and fast handling by the plug-and-play concept for standard spray-gun cup systems. A wide range of adapters is available for out-of-spec or special containers. Not explosion proof.
The Ikotec 3000 vehicle lift with a single post is designed for lifting vehicles from the front or side for mechanical repair, body work or repainting. Available accessories make this more than just a lift. Lifting capacity is 5,000 lbs., and the lifting height 36 in.
The ProLific Parts Caddy Pro basic design was created with bodyshop struggles in mind. This caddy will keep users organized and reduce cycle times. The three adjustable shelves fold up for easy storage nesting and lock into place, reducing floor space when not in use. The tight mesh shelves keep small items from falling through.
Deerfos America Inc.
Various types of automotive sanding discs, longfile sandpaper/belts, etc.
Duralast Loaded Struts contain a MacPherson strut, a coil spring and a strut mount in one pre-assembled, easy-to-install unit. Each is constructed with OE-grade components for optimal performance. With very little consolidation in the part line, these application-specific struts restore vehicles to OE ride heights.
Eagle Abrasives Inc.
Tolecut says that its touch-up system is the most advanced system for removing dust nibs and runs on topcoat finishing. It utilizes state-of-the-art dry lube technology to prevent loading and deep scratches. This dry application allows constant progress monitoring for delicate jobs. Extremely uniform finishes that can be removed easily by finishing compound.
Equip Automotive Systems
Shark A7 is an innovative arm designed to speed up and simplify spot-welding operations in the most difficult-to-access areas. Thanks to the patented large-opening design, the end section of the Shark A7 arm opens 90 degrees through a quick-release button. The Shark A7 allows access to welding operations impossible to reach with traditional systems.
Repair sheetmetal damage on quarter panels, wheelhouse openings, trunk spaces, body panels, door hinges, roofs and more without having to tie the vehicle down. The Airopower 53 uses 5.25 tons of push and pull power to help users repair common damage. Improve cycle time and technician production and increase revenue with an Airopower starter kit.
Euro Spray Guns/M.G. Distributor Inc.
The new Euro 5200-series HVLP spray gun provides the same quality finish users know and love from Euro Spray Guns, but now in a very sleek matte-black color. The gun comes with stainless-steel fluid passages for waterborne paints, a three-year limited warranty, and a black ceramic-coated paint cup.
All-in-one silicone professional-series half mask with two pairs of P100 with OVAG nuisance-level relief filters in a resealable foil bag. The silicone piece provides greater comfort and longer durability. The NIOSH-approved P100 cartridge provides 99.97% protection against solid and oil particulates. Carbon provides relief from OV/AG at nuisance levels.
Full-face silicone one-size-fits-all mask provides exceptional quality, value and performance. Gerson is proud to offer the silicone rubber mask at TPE prices. NIOSH approved to fit small, medium and large sizes.
H&S Autoshot says that the model HSM200 is the multi-MIG choice of professionals as the only unit to feature a full synergic welding capability setting on a large LCD display. It’s completely versatile, with dual 110–240-volt input capability, MIG and TIG switch-back operation with both torches connected at all times, and no requirement to remove MIG wire.
Poly Magic polymer protectant coating is an advanced, high-gloss express polymer spray for use on wet or dry surfaces. Simply spray on and wipe off. Its static-resistant formula helps repel dust to help maintain a deep shine and is formulated with UV protectant to help protect against the damaging effects of the sun.
Rage Optex body filler changes colors from pink to green as it dries, giving the body-shop tech a visual indication that the filler is properly catalyzed and is ready to sand. The visual cue takes the guesswork out of the repair process, as the body tech doesn’t need to rely on time or feel to know the repair is dry, increasing shop productivity.
The flexible solution for the masking of tires during the respraying process, this paint-attracting, easy-to-use product allows the simple and easy masking of rims up to 26-in. diameters. With an elasticated center, the film hugs the underside of the rim, protecting the tire from overspray. Twenty sheets per case.
Kri-Tech Solutions LLC
Auto Estimate Rekey is a locally installed software solution to the time-consuming problem of rekeying estimates. Turns hours or even days of rekeying estimates into just minutes with only a few clicks of the mouse, helping collision-repair shops save valuable time and allowing for a faster, more efficient vehicle repair process.
Mothers Odor Elminator & Refresher whole car fogger is not a cover-up. It provides a permanent and effective solution to modify, neutralize and eliminate tough lingering odors in your car, truck or SUV. Featuring Total Malodor Management, this technology seeks and destroys up to 99% of unwanted odors. Drive Odor-Free.
Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating is a powerful blend of SiO2 and TiO2 to provide an incredibly durable and super-hydrophobic coating on your vehicle, while enhancing specular gloss and Distinctness of Image (DOI). Better yet, we made it incredibly easy to use-just spray and wipe to an amazingly durable and glossy finish.
Mothers Speed Foaming Wash & Wax is formulated for both a foam cannon or the bucket to provide a thick lathering foam to quickly dissolve grime and encapsulate dirt, leaving a clean, just waxed look and feel.
Mothers Odor Eliminator & Refresher whole car fogger is not a cover-up. It provides a permanent and effective solution to modify, neutralize and eliminate tough lingering odors in your car, truck or SUV. Featuring Total Malodor Management, this technology seeks and destroys up to 99% of unwanted odors. Drive Odor-Free.
Mothers Speed Waterless Wash & Wax is the quick and easy way to wash and wax your vehicle without water. Our ultra-slick formula provides extreme lubrication to encapsulate and dissolve dirt and grime, allowing you to safely wipe your way to a scratch-free, perfectly clean finish.
Mothers PowerBall 2 is the next generation of our PowerBall, featuring increased surface area, increased reach and increased polishing power. Metal polishing made easy.
Mothers Professional Ultra Finishing Polish provides true paint perfection. It is formulated to eliminate swirls from both fresh and cured paint, leaving a deep rich finish.
The Neutralizer AC auto-body refinishing static neutralizing gun uses the proven technology of corona ionization to produce a highly effective anti-static blow-off gun. Some of the applications include painting, coating, detailing, collision repair, restoration and glass. Using this gun minimizes reworking, wet sanding and buffing time.
Polyvance’s 6148 bumper rollers kit is designed to ease the removal of dents from plastic bumpers. The plastic is first heated with a heat gun, and then the three rollers are used to push the dent out and reshape the bumper. The rounded and sharp edge rollers are used to restore body lines. May also be used to remove dents from sheetmetal.
Easy to mix and apply, each Murano Pearl creates a unique color-shifting effect that can go from subtle to brilliant, depending on what the painter desires. Offered in gold, red, violet and blue, these pigments can be added directly to basecoat, ground coat or mid coat to create an exceptional color effect.
Designed for use over Envirobase High Performance basecoat, EC520 clearcoat delivers breakthrough performance demanded by high-production collision centers. Force dries at temperatures as low as 120ºF in as little as 20 min. If air drying, EC520 is ready for assembly in only 90–120 min. Ideal for multi-panel repairs.
Part of the Deltron Refinish System from PPG, DPS3105 V-Prime Quick Urethane Surfacer is a highly productive, high-build urethane surfacer designed for spot and panel repairs. DPS3015 exhibits fast dry with minimal shrinkage and a built-in guide coat. This surfacer is sprayable or rollable.
A retail floor display that showcases the Regrip multi-handle grips.
Refinish Solutions Group
Introducing the DV1, the next-generation spray gun by DeVilbiss. It is designed for painters who demand consistent, high-level performance. The DV1 features an advanced air- and fluid-management architecture for exceptional atomization and is optimized for the most challenging basecoats on the market today.
Reliable Automotive Equipment Inc.
The XPac is a mechanically driven, extremely compact and lightweight hydraulic actuator designed to generate high pressure. With the adjustable torque support, almost all cordless screwdrivers can be used as actuators for the hydraulic system. With a variety of accessories from the Xpress800, almost all known rivets can be processed.
Sata Spray Equipment
The Revolutionary Satajet X 5500 in both HVLP and RP allows users to choose from a fast-speed focused fan shape with the X nozzle O or a more controlled slower speed with the X nozzle I. Available 1.1 to 1.5 HVLP I or O as well as 1.1 to 1.4 RP I or O. The Satajet X no longer uses an air-distribution ring for easy cleaning and is whisper quiet.
This extremely powerful, rechargeable UV LED light is designed for fast curing of paint repair work. UV LED technology allows users to work more efficiently, as the curing can be done in only one minute, with sanding and polishing carried out immediately after. Nova-UV S is handy and sturdy, with long operation time, and it’s supplied with a built-in timer.
SolderWeld says that Alloy Braze is the perfect solution to the aluminum craze being seen throughout the auto repair industry. Flows beautifully and is malleable with dolly and hammer. This changes the game for shops that need and want to work with aluminum, fix the new F-150 body panels, and not have to replace every aluminum fix that enters their shop.
Source Auto Body Fasteners
Source Auto Body is an importer and distributor of wholesale fasteners and clips for the automotive market.
The Spanesi production planning system gives a facility the ability to combine a central location for software operation and hardware used to complete a methodic disassembly and analysis of the crashed vehicle. Multiple monitors combined with laptop PC, tablet PC, Touch Glasses and the Touch measuring system to document the necessary repairs.
A simple-to-use SMS/texting app designed to keep customers engaged throughout the repair process and post-repair follow up. Two-way texting from any Windows, Android or iOS device, all using the shop’s specific text number. Automated customer follow-up customized to the user’s specific marketing plan increases customer satisfaction and referrals.
A production management and scheduling tool designed to improve shop workflow while identifying opportunities for improvement. Easily scale: Start with basic production management or jump into full department scheduling. Review critical KPI, including department-lead and production-cycle timers to identify areas of improvement.