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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013


Professional painters of the late 1870’s mixed their own paint, their own way, with their own formula.  “Store-bought” paint was usually unreliable and of poor quality.  Then, Henry Sherwin found a way to make a quality, ready-mixed paint, and introduced it as Painter’s Prepared SWP.  It came with a guarantee printed boldly and bluntly right on the label.  It promised to “cover more surface, work better, wear longer, and permanently work better” with a money-back guarantee.  The guarantee worked – because the paint worked as advertised.  The paint and the company were earning a well-deserved reputation.  Today, Sherwin-Williams produces not only house paint, but they are a major supplier of automotive refinish paint in the US.

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