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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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Sunday, January 5, 2014


DuPont introduces a clear, acrylic polymer called Lucite, as a direct competitor to Plexiglass. Among other things, Lucite was used to make nose cones for WWII bombers. In liquid form, Lucite becomes an automotive refinish lacquer replacing the older and chemically volatile nitrocellulose lacquer in the late 1960’s. Lucite becomes popular for panel and spot collision refinish repairs because it blends and matches well with the original paint job on the car. (Lucite has since been replaced with more advanced, and more durable products.)

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