Archive for July, 2015


Thursday, July 30th, 2015

WITH MANUFACTURERS ROLLING OUT MORE AND MORE FLAT FINISHES, the demand for repair specialists has increased. A matte finish requires special attention to repair without aggressive techniques ruining the paint. With the release of PPG’s Matte Care Guide, autobody and paint specialists can now specialize in fast, effective and flawless matte finish repair.

Due to the differences in the composition and finish of low-gloss automotive paints and other automotive paints, PPG has developed a guide for the care and maintenance of low-gloss finishes.

With these helpful tips from PPG, matte finishes are easier to maintain and keep their appearance longer.

PPG’s resident expert, Chris Springer, has these tips for you:

  • Though the application process is no different than a high gloss coat, the sealer should be replaced with a premium matte clear
  • The first coat of clear should be sprayed as a medium-wet coat and allowed to dry to a dull appearance
  • The second coat should be full-wet and allowed to dry 5-10 minutes
  • The final coat needs to be completely dry before baking it to cure


Application Techniques:

  • Preparation and cleanliness are the first steps to a successful product
  • Application consistency is key; spray 6-8 inches from panel with a 90 degree angle
  • The drop coat should be sprayed 12-18 inches from panel with a 90 degree angle
  • A compliant gun with a 1.2 – 1.3 fluid tip will allow the painter to maneuver the car easier and faster as well as distribute an even coat

Don’t let your awesome matte finish become glossy with improper care techniques, Automotive and Industrial Supply’s experts are standing by to answer all your PPG Matte Finish question, call 801.732.1500 or send us a message.


Story contributed by Emily Brown

Category Automotive

Make Money With Au-ve-co Clips and Fasteners

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU AN EASY OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE PROFITS? What if they told you that the reason is behind an overlooked opportunity? At Industrial Finishes & Systems, we pride ourselves on being partners in profit. One of the many ways we do this is partnering with you, the customer, to help better your business and to help you succeed. This article will dive into some business principles that if implemented could help your company take lost opportunity and turn it into profit.

KPI (Key performance Indicators) and ROI (Return on Investment) are two hand-in-hand abbreviations that can change a company’s bottom line over time. KPIs’ are the small intricate details of a company that help define how efficient they are in their daily processes.

For instance, take the shop that has to deal with a tough insurance agent. You want to make the most bang for your buck, but just like a tax payer you have to keep records of what you used for your work. Time spent on projects, materials used on projects, and the estimate of what you will charge your customer all factor into the KPI for that particular job. The higher the KPI of your shop, the better negotiation power you have with insurance agencies.

But how do you get there? What type of investment should you make that will get you a return profit in the end? (ROI).

Let’s start with your shops estimates and billing processes. As a shop owner, can you think of any specific products that you give away for free? How about clips and fasteners. How often do you bill your customers for the clips that you use on a day to day basis? Some clips at cost may be only 57 cents a piece… but when you calculate all of the cars you work on, the bumpers that you replace, and the amount of clips that you use… it all adds up.

Now lets put this theory to the test and create an example of how much money could be lost by not billing clips. Lets fix this example taking variances, inconsistency in costs, and situations out of the picture. Say you consistently have 15 cars a week coming into your shop. Of those, only 6 of them have 1 bumper to repair. You are open all seven days a week. Now let’s say every car is the same and uses 6 total 57 cent bumper cover clips to hold it up, totaling $3.42. You bill the clips at $3.65 on your R.O. In other words, you just turned a profit on an item that you may not have otherwise billed for at all!

You’re now being paid more thoroughly for the materials you use. Better yet, you’ve billed insurance at a level that allows you to maintain a profit margin on the materials. The Au-ve-co system as provided by Industrial Finishes & Systems helps you manage it all effectively. Give us a shout and we’ll help you get set up today!

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


As a leading manufacturer, SEM provides and exceeds automotive, aerospace and marine repair and refinishing needs.

Take Trim Black Euro Jet for example. SEM introduced the product as an extension of the well-loved Trim Black product line. It boasts quicker and easier use for technicians restoring OEM trim, and provides an optimal fan pattern to reduce waste and overspray.

This product is available in matte, satin and gloss finishes and can be applied on imported and domestic vehicles. Its ease of application works on a variety of surfaces:

  • Automotive trim components
  • Window trim
  • Wiper blade arms
  • Fender flares
  • Windshield cowels

Alongside many other SEM products, AIS now carries Trim Black Euro Jet in an array of sizes and presentations:

  • Trim Black Euro Jet Matte – 16 oz. Aerosol
  • Trim Black Euro Jet Gloss – 16 oz. Aerosol
  • Trim Black Euro Jet Satin – 16 oz. Aerosol
  • Trim Black Euro Jet Satin – Quart

SEM has perfected a product and AIS is your retailer.

Contact AIS or for the best OEM trim spray to meet your needs.

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