Auto Body News Update

New Automotive Refinish Available

PPG Automotive Refinish expanded its OMNI PLUS product line by adding a new 15-minute bake clearcoat.

The MC2800 EUROPLUS Speed Clear is a 4.2 VOC high solids clearcoat, which offers both a quick bake option and the ability air-dry and buff the same day. The clearcoat is also able to adjust to production conditions, like the temperature of the facility, when used with one of two Omni Plus activators, MH2880 or MH2890 High Temperature.

“As part of the Omni Plus product line, MC2800 EuroPlus Speed Clear helps enhance a repair shop’s throughput and productivity while delivering excellent results,” said Jennifer Boros, PPG’s segment manager of solvent-borne brands. “This new clearcoat’s fast dry times and exceptional finish—all at an economical price—make it the kind of product our value-focused repair shops will want to incorporate into their refinish systems to increase efficiency and customer satisfaction.”

CARSTAR Fixes ‘Hero’s’ Truck For Free

West Valley CARSTAR in Utah performed free truck repairs for a man being hailed as a hero after he used his Dodge 2500 to barricade against a car attempting to drive through a public park where several children were playing, the company announced Wednesday.

Back in late May Bryson Rowley used his 2006 Dodge pickup to block a car being driven by a 14-year-old boy who had stolen his grandfather’s car and was being chased by police. The boy had already driven the truck through the park once and was on his way back for another pass when Rowley blocked the entrance to the park with his truck.  “The car came from the opposite side of the park. It came across all the ball fields, across the grass, right at all the kids,” Rowley said. “He jumped the car over a grass patch, into the road. At that point I told my wife I can’t let him back in.”

Rowley drove his truck in front of the vehicle, ending the chase. Rowley wasn’t injured, but he knew the $7,000 worth of repairs to his Dodge would probably not be covered by his insurance carrier. When Brian Ellison, West Valley CARSTAR production manager and co-owner, heard about the accident he reached out to Rowley.

“I saw what happened on the news that night, and thought the least I can do is help him out,” Ellison said. “If it was one of my kids, or one of my nieces or nephews, you can’t replace that. Cars can be replaced, people can’t.”
The shop not only fixed Rowley’s truck, but with the help of vendors, also gave it several upgrades. In all, Rowley ended up with $15,000–$20,000 worth of repairs and upgrades. Vendors that donated parts include Fusion Bumpers, Diesel Power Gear, Smittybilt, Sinister Diesel, Jacket Accessories, Tip Top Transmission, Precision Dent, Diesel, Sparks Motors, MBRP, Monster Hooks Inc., and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
Hertz covered the cost of a rental car for Rowley while his truck was being repaired. “We’ve been pretty blessed down here. It was the least I could do,” Ellison said. “He’s a good guy. When he came to pick it up, he was in tears.”

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