Auto Body Shop
PPG paint is a well-known staple of the industry as well as a technology leader changing the face of the automotive repair paint market. Their Envirobase High-Performance automotive paint is a waterborne product initially created to meet VOC legislation requirements. VOCs or volatile organic compounds are harmful to the environment and organisms exposed to them. The work and research PPG put into this paint product not only benefited the environment but many other aspects of the auto painting industry.
PPG Paint Benefits
PPG Envirobase High Performance automotive paint has several high-impact benefits to auto body repair and paint shops as well as the final consumer.
What does that all mean to you as a consumer? The time saved in the color matching process and the lack of agitation needed to save your auto body repair shop time and labor costs. Less paint is used, also saving money. Fewer steps in the process of mixing, adding additives and agitating translates into less opportunity for human error, also saving money. Longer shelf life creates less waste and inventory management allowing for more inventories in-house. This ensures a quicker turnaround on your auto repair. All of these factors allow your auto body repair shop to pass the saving onto you.
- Color Matching Process: One of the biggest benefits of PPG Envirobase High-Performance auto paint is the color matching process. Unlike traditional auto paint, there is no need to create a sample spray card to match a car’s color. With over 6000 color chips already on hand in the shop, technicians can simply select a pre-made color card to find the best match. Newer colors can be determined with a rapid scanner reader.
- Anti-settle Technology: This may not sound like a significant benefit, but it is. There is no need for any paint agitating before or during pain matching or painting. The microgel technology in the paint eliminates several steps from the process of blending colors and additives (all which need agitating at different parts of the process with other paints). Also, PPG Envirobase High-Performance paint touts a longer shelf life for all paints, additives, topcoats, and mixed color pots.
- Drying Time: PPG paint technology requires fewer steps, and each step requires less drying time than traditional automotive paints.
- Environmentally Friendly: Born from the idea of reducing VOSs, this paint contains no lead and low hazardous air pollutants.
Look for an Auto Repair Shop that uses PPG Paint
PPG Envirobase High-Performance automobile paint is an industry leader in high-quality paints. It is even endorsed with the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The paints also perform well. PPG paints stand the test of time; resist corrosion due to chemicals and environmental factors. If you need auto body repair or painting in the Kanas City area, Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor uses PPG Envirobase High-Performance automobile paint. They will provide you with quality repairs, excellent paint matching, help with insurance claims and rental car assistance. Call Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor at (816) 741-6348 to learn more about how they can get you back on the road in no time. Prefer to request an estimate online? Visit their request an estimate page to get started.
Some businesses do their best to be more environmentally friendly. They recycle the paper and cans, and bottles their employees use at the office. These small steps are a step in the right direction. Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor goes beyond those baby steps and has made a larger commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.
Barbosa’s is run on Solar Power
When Rey Barbosa bought the building for his body shop, his electricity bill hovered around $748 a month. There are a lot of moving parts and energy that is required when you are re-creating a customers’ car body after an accident. The decision was made to not only reduce costs but to choose products that would have less of a chemical impact on the community. Current light fixtures and bulbs were replaced with energy-saving CFL bulbs. In conjunction with the local Power and light company, solar panels were added to the roof. The energy bills for Barbosa's is now 75% less than it was. The shop’s extra solar power goes back to KCP &L when their demand is less than the panels provide!
Earth Friendly PPG Auto Body Paint
With 50 years behind them, PPG paint has been at the forefront of electrocoat technology. PPG paint protects against corrosion and chemicals in the environment. Chemicals wear and dull the finish on a car. PPG paint also resists salt and humidity. PPG paint, which Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor uses in the auto body shop, has no lead, low volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and low Hazardous Air Pollutants.
Why does it matter?
An increase in carbon emissions has been attributed to climate change and global warming which in turn affect decreasing water supplies, and increased rainfall, which leads to increased sediment and pollutants. These pollutants then enter the drinking water. Global warning has also been reported to contribute to an increase in wildfires, droughts, and storms. Changing weather, due to the greenhouse effect, also influences food supplies, which lead to increase food costs and food insufficient children and families.
Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor cares about you!
Barbosa’s use of solar power and environmentally safe paint and products is more than a baby step to helping you get your back on the road and doing their part to keeping their carbon footprint low as a business!
If you are a hunter, you know when deer season is. If you are a motorist, you are aware that most every time you drive your car; you see a deer on the side of the road. Many times it is not alive. As sad as it is for the deer (and small kids who have to see it) it can also be dangerous if you hit one of these creatures going 50-60 mph.
Deer mating season is October through December. According to State Farm Insurance, there is a 1 in 169 chance overall that you could hit a deer while driving. Missouri ranks 17th in the nation for the likelihood (1 in 117) that a driver will hit a deer. Kansas ranks 18th. Insurance claims for hitting a deer average about $4,000. Deer accidents send about 10,000 people to the hospital every year and kill 200.
How to avoid hitting a deer
When you see a deer know that there is probably more than one. If you can stop and honk your horn (safely), it is a good idea. That will startle the deer into crossing the road more quickly. If you choose not to stop and honk, proceed at a slow pace.
Watch for deer at night
Deer are nocturnal. Unfortunately, they are harder to see at night, as is everything else on the side of the road. When possible, use your bright lights through wooded areas. If you know that land is being cleared in your area, be alert. Deer may be looking for new places to mate and bed down. Scan both sides of the road, especially in areas with lots of trees or woods, while driving at night.
If you have to hit a deer
As a driver, you can do more damage to your car and passengers if you try and swerve to avoid hitting the deer. Swerving off the road or into oncoming traffic to avoid a deer is not a good strategy to avoid hitting a deer. It is best to apply your brakes and hit the deer to avoid oncoming traffic or going off the road and hitting a tree, another car or a pedestrian. The best offense is a strong defense. If you do hit a deer, remain in your car. Never attempt to ascertain if the deer is dead. A kicking deer can cause a lot of bodily harm and may even kill you. Call your local police department or highway patrol.
Hitting a deer and your insurance claim
Hitting a deer is considered a no-fault accident. Your rates should not go up as a result of this type of an accident. If you hit a deer and your windshield has been severely cracked, or you cannot drive your car for other reasons, call your roadside service or your insurance company to have your vehicle towed. If the accident with the deer has caused damage to the body of your car, make sure your car is towed to your choice of a reputable auto body shop for repairs.
Fall brings cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and deer mating season. Drive cautiously and if you do hit a deer, know that your insurance will not go up and that Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor stands by all their auto body work and has outstanding customer service.
There are countless advantages to keeping your vehicle clean and protected throughout the year. Preserving the shiny, new look to your paint job is only the beginning, as corrosion on a vehicle’s surface can drastically reduce its resale value. Moisture will quickly dry on a clean vehicle but can accumulate in grimy areas on a dirty car, and that accumulation will lead to corrosion if it’s not taken care of. Your vehicle has more than just rainwater as its enemy. Bird droppings, highway bugs (you know, the kind that are plastered to the front of your vehicle), acid rain, road salt, and atmospheric pollution can all wreak havoc on your once beautiful paint job. Fighting back against these ever-diligent adversaries can seem a daunting task, but really, it’s easier than you’d think.
Your vehicle has more than just rainwater as an enemy. Bird droppings, highway bugs (you know, the kind that are plastered to the front of your vehicle), acid rain, road salt, and atmospheric pollution can all wreak havoc on your once beautiful paint job. Fighting back against these ever-diligent adversaries can seem a daunting task, but really, it’s easier than you’d think.
Ideally, you should wash your car at least once a week, but alas, nothing in life is ideal, and a good washing at least once per month will suffice. The more you wash it, the better your car will look on a daily basis, and the more you’ll be doing to protect it from the harsh conditions of the environment.
To DO list - keep your car looking new
•Park out of the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun weakens the finish and invites scalloping, peeling, and fading; and it makes the paint more vulnerable to scratching and chipping.
•Rinse off as much dirt as possible before washing.
•Clean wheels to eliminate brake dust and road salt corrosion.
•Don't place grocery bags, luggage or other objects on the car top or trunk.
•After driving in salty conditions, wash your car to prevent corrosion, fading and rust.
•Get a complete detail once a year.
•Do not "dry wipe" your car as it may cause scratching.
•Avoid gravel roads which can cause chipping .
•Do not park under trees which drip sap.
•Immediately rinse gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid and windshield solvent spills off your finish--but do not wipe.
•Have your car inspected by a reputable repair company for any finish imperfections yearly as they may cause rust and corrosion.
•Remove leaves from your car as soon as possible to prevent the release of acid that can permanently stain your finish.
•Avoid brush-style car washes as they cause dirt to scratch the car's finish.
•Be sure to wash the inside bottom edge of doors, lift gate, hood, and trunk to eliminate the trapped dirt and moisture that can cause premature rusting.
•Never wax your car in direct sunlight to prevent the surface temperature of your car from causing the chemicals in the wax to damage your finish.
•Avoid waxes that promise to remove dirt, oxidized paint or scratches as they are not pure wax and can actually remove paint from your vehicle.
•Do not "polish" light scratches as the clear coat finish can be damaged.
•Mask off all textured moldings and bumper parts before rubbing on wax to avoid discoloring or other damage.
Daily reminders that will keep your car looking new
While loading your vehicle, don't rest items on the hood, roof, or trunk. It may be a lot easier to scratch your vehicle's finish than you think just from setting items down. You also risk driving with the item sliding off your car, leaving scrape marks. If possible, set items elsewhere when loading.
Wash your car frequently. Remove road grime and corrosion-causing acid rain deposits with frequent hand washes. Pay special attention to fresh tar and pine sap. Both will over time bake into the finish. For removing tar before you wash, try applying a small amount of cooking oil with a cotton towel, or soft, clean shop rag, or leaving a dab of petroleum jelly on the area for a few hours, then wiping gently away. For tree sap, very gently apply a small amount of mineral spirits before washing.
Avoid automatic car washes. They can damage your car's finish in several different ways. Harsh, heavy scrubbers can dent panels, and brushes can scour the finish by grinding in grit and grime. So-called "touchless" car washes don't damage the finish, but they likely won't get all of the deposits off, leaving them to be baked on by the sun. For keeping salt off in winter, touchless automatic washes and their undercarriage flushes (some more effective than others) are a stop-gap solution, but not a replacement for a good, thorough hand-wash.
If your car is brand new, it comes from the factory with an anti-chip coating applied to the rocker panels and lower section of the doors. If your car doesn't, some specialized shops can apply a mostly transparent, protective coating to the lower section of your doors that will also help prevent rust.
Also, if the side molding doesn't already stop passengers from opening doors into building walls, other vehicles, or signposts, consider installing the special plastic stripping around the edges of your doors. It's not pretty but its function is irrefutable and it will keep your car prettier in the long run.
It is best to fix damage or rust promptly. Chips or scrapes, no matter how minor, make your finish much more susceptible to rust. If you find rust or chips, contact your local Body Shop right away!