In the last 100 years of collision repair, a lot has evolved. We’ve progressed from tram gauges to computerized measuring systems, from brazing to spot welding, and from lacquer to waterborne. In fact, nearly every element of the collision repair process has changed. But, there is one aspect that has not– and that is how we dry paint.
Finally, even that has changed too.
Maybe you’ve heard the buzz around gas catalytic drying. Perhaps you’ve read some articles in the trades, or you have even seen one of these units at NACE or SEMA. What was once only a European technology, gas catalytic drying has steadily grown in popularity here in the states. As shop owners seek new ways to stay competitive in an increasingly difficult market, reduced cycle times and increased throughput are the first thing shop owners look to. And one of the easiest ways to reduce these is to reduce paint and material cure times. This is where gas catalytic drying really shines.