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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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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Summer, 1929

DuPont created Duco lacquer in 1920, and introduced it on the 1924 Oakland. In the summer of 1929, they were still trying to improve it, to make it more spreadable for furniture use. In the process, DuPont chemists created a whole new product, – alkyd resin enamel which would become known as DuPont Dulux. Dulux Super White became the finish of choice for refrigerators of the 1930’s. Dulux was used for panel repair and was especially the paint of choice for complete body repaints through the mid-1970’s when acrylic enamel was introduced. Today, DuPont has spun-off their automotive refinish division which is now known as Axalta, still one of the largest providers of automotive refinish paints in the world.

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