Earlier this year, Kendrick Paint and Body partnered with Axalta and switched to their line of paint called Spies Hecker PermaHyd Hi-Tec, a waterborne paint line. In the past Kendrick has utilized the waterborne paint systems, and the switch to Axalta was seamless. During the transition, Axalta not only brought all our painters to their training facilities in Charlotte but also sent a team of instructors to all eight Kendrick locations, who worked side by side with our workers for two weeks. This transition allowed for painters to gain real-time knowledge and instruction on the paint and techniques.
The PermaHyd paint system has reduced paint coats from 5-8 coats to around one and a half coats, thus reducing booth time and allowing more vehicles to be painted with a quicker turnaround time. Cycle time has also decreased in part to reduced flash times and sanding between coats. Color match and coverage have increased, allowing for more satisfied painters and customers.
We’re proud to partner with Axalta and look forward to continuing to use a superior paint product to deliver satisfaction to our customers. This video was presented on a continuous loop at the 2018 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas in November. Kendrick Paint and Body was the only body shop featured with Axalta and their Spies Hecker line.