Fire engine repair takes specialized skills

Even relatively minor damage to a fire engine requires specialized repair. Photo courtesy of E-One Factory Service.

By Barett Poley Ocala, Florida — December 14, 2016 — The business of repairing or refurbishing a fire engine can be a tricky thing, and the custom-fabricated vehicles need to be up to scratch to do the difficult job they’ve been assigned. With a new pumper engine costing upwards of $500,000 USD, the best option […]

3M launches new series of heavy truck procedures

3M's new how-to series on heavy truck and fleet repairs covers a wide range of topics.

St. Paul, Minnesota — February 22, 2016 — 3M is lending a hand to repairers working on fleets and commercial trucks. The company’s Automotive Aftermarket Division has announced the introduction of Commercial Truck Standard Operating Collision Repair Procedures. According to 3M, written procedures can help assist the commercial fleet collision shops in delivering consistency within […]

SEM launches Fleet Line

The new Fleet Line from SEM.

Rock Hill, South Carolina — February 5, 2016 — SEM has released its new Fleet Line adhesives, seam sealer and repair materials. The four SKU line covers a wide range of repairs across fleets. “After consulting several fleet repair facilities, we built a condensed line to address the vast majority of repairs. SEM’s Fleet Line […]

Valspar launches VIM line for commercial and fleet

The VIM line from Valspar.

Masillon, Ohio — December 5, 2015 — Valspar has developed a new line designed for those whose business takes them to big rigs, buses and other fleet vehicles. Valspar Industrial Mix (VIM) is specially designed for the demands of the commercial, transportation and light industrial refinish markets. According to a statement from Valspar, VIM is […]

AkzoNobel expands U-TECH line with direct-to-metal primer

AkzoNobel expands U-TECH line with DTM primer.

Toronto, Ontario — August 24, 2015 — AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business has announced the most recent extension to its commercial paint brand in North America, U-TECH E250 direct-to-metal (DTM) epoxy primer. The company says this all-in-one surfacer and sealer provides a comprehensive solution for both the commercial builder and refinishes market. As a high-solid, low-VOC, […]

AkzoNobel launches U-Base for U-TECH basecoat system

AkzoNobel’s new U-TECH basecoat system, U-Base.

Toronto, Ontario — August 14, 2015 — AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business has released a new U-TECH basecoat system, U-Base, designed for the commercial builder and refinish markets. It is a two-component polyurethane basecoat system and replaces the Polybase and Polybase Plus systems. The U-Base basecoat system introduces four new components: U-Base Binder, R300 Reducer Fast, […]