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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, May 5, 2013


Reynolds Aluminum introduces a metallic flake for use in automotive finishes.  By the early 1950’s, Reynolds, Alcoa and others developed improved metallic flakes for automotive paint.  This, together with improved paint resins started the industry on a road to a vast array of colors and color-effect.  It also offered a new challenge to automotive refinish painters in their quest to not only match the color of the paint, but also the effect that was produced by the aluminum flakes in the paint.  If the paint was applied too “wet”, it would run down the side of the car.  If it was applied too dry, the flakes would not lay flat enough to reflect light and the result would be a dull finish.

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