|Rich Evans |
Evans noted how the program discusses what’s new in waterborne materials while not just focusing on one brand. Overall he said one of the best features of the program is the focus on technique, as well as safety.
“To effectively apply waterborne material the technique needs to be a little different than when applying solvent-borne material,” said Evans, whose work has been featured on the Speed Channel’s Chop Cut Rebuild. “Waterborne needs to be applied in several coats requiring more overlap than when applying solvents, as a car builder and refinisher, I use various application techniques every day, but not everyone in the collision repair industry is as knowledgeable in this area.”
Evans said he also appreciated the spotlight on safety, focusing on the necessity of a fresh air system; the use of latex gloves so that chemicals are not absorbed into the skin, and more.
“To me training is another tool for the toolbox, the better trained I am the faster and better I work,” said Evans. “Keeping in tune with what’s new in the industry helps me to make money as well as save money.”
The I-CAR Waterborne Products, Systems, and Application training program details:
- Types of waterborne materials in use
- Differences between waterborne and solvent-borne systems
- Surface preparation and equipment requirements
- Drying processes
- Storage and waste disposal considerations
- Typical conversion processes
Registration for Waterborne Products, Systems, and Application is currently open and new classes are being added to I-CAR’s class schedule on a continuing basis. Information on classes scheduled in your area can be found on the I-CAR web site at www.i-car.com through the class search feature or by contacting I-CAR at 800-422-7872.
Rich Evans is owner of Huntington Beach Bodyworks of Huntington Beach, California. More information can be found at www.huntingtonbchbodyworks.com.