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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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Friday, January 10, 2014


The United States enters WWII and Sherwin-Williams is ready to help the cause with a newly-constructed $37 million facility and a workforce of 6,000. The US was building warships – which needed paint - and Sherwin-Williams provided it. Over 400,000 pounds of Sherwin-Williams paint was applied to the USS Iowa. The war accelerated the development and production of special aviation and industrial coatings that would later fit peacetime applications. Today, Sherwin-Williams is a major producer of automotive refinish coatings in the US. In a related story, some warships were painted with a unique camouflage design which made them appear to be going in a direction different than what they were actually traveling. This was to throw-off enemy subs. Interestingly, after the war, many of those designers found work in the automotive industry designing different paint schemes, hence, the two-tone color combinations of the 1950’s.

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