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Franmar BLUE BEAR Adhesive Removers

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


With the push for more economically and environmentally friendly products in the recent years, Franmar Chemicals has met that need. With more than a dozen soy oil based products, Franmar has come stand true to their principle mission – “[to] provide an efficient product that is economical to purchase and safe to use.”

Franmar has now become a leading force in the “green” market for removers and related products. Their “BLUE BEAR” family of products are perfect for environmentally sensitive environments and available through Industrial Finishes & Systems.

Check out these BLUE BEAR products that save time and the environment:

bluebear– 500 MR Mastic Remover – The first of the innovative soybean removers, safe for use in occupied areas like schools, workplaces and other public places. Removes newer mastics, layered adhesives and old glues. Found by contractors to work more efficiently, saves time and creates a safer restoration site.

– 600 GL Coatings Remover – Franmar’s “most-asked-for product.” Easy to use and packed with powerful removal properties. Made with soybeans, it is safe, low-odor, non-caustic and green coating remover. Removes multiple layers of sealers, acrylics, enamels, latex and many other coatings.

– 700 DG Degreaser – An all purpose cleaner specially formulated to work with all BLUE BEAR products. Powerful enough to clean the toughest of surfaces. Makes for easy clean-up after removing mastic, paint and other coatings or adhesives.

– 740 AD Adhesive Remover – This safe to use, eco-friendly product creates easy removal of sticky residues left behind by tape, glue or stickers. Handy around the workplace or any other professional environment.

FranMar products are designed “To get the job done right without harming the planet or your well-being.”

If you have need to remove mastics or adhesive residue, call 800.531.1305 or email Our team of experts is standing by to help you choose the perfect products for the task at hand.

Story contributed by Emily Brown


Thursday, May 21st, 2015


Innovative Tool has recently launched a brand new range of SCANGRIP color match work lights. Due to the special LED features, SCANGRIP COLOUR MATCH is perfect for any paint, polish, cleaning or prep-zone operation.

The sturdy COLOUR MATCH products are designed for use in any paint shop, but it’s particularly valuable to collision repair professionals. The unit includes a replaceable glass lens that tolerates daily cleaning and is resistant to many types of solvents. The long operating time of COLOUR MATCH work lights makes it possible to complete a job without interruption by time-consuming recharging.

COLOUR MATCH is perfect for any paint, polish, cleaning or prep-zone operation and is the only color match work light range in the world. The sturdy COLOUR MATCH products are designed for use in the painting workshop. They are supplied with a replaceable glass lens resistant to all kind of solvents and tolerating daily cleaning. The long operating time of the COLOUR MATCH work lights makes it possible to complete a job without interruption by time-consuming recharging.

COLOUR MATCH is available as a kit, including 3 different sized lights.

The unit is ideal for:

• color matching
• quality check between prep-zone operations
• detection of scratches and swirl marks
• overall inspection during polishing, painting, and cleaning operations
• as general work light

SUNMATCH is easy to carry in the pocket or in the work belt by the built-in belt clip. Simply place the lamp anywhere you want during inspection work with the sturdy, rotating hook or the strong, built-in magnet. The flexible lamp head tilts up to 180 degrees and features durable construction and protection from dust and water. The unit is equipped with a two-step operating mode option (100% or 50% light output) with up to three hours operation time. SUNMATCH is supplied with lithium ion battery. To prolong battery life and avoid risk of overheating, an intelligent built-in system switches off the lamp after three minutes use when operating in 100% mode. The charging base can be wall mounted and is supplied with a magnet on the bottom side.

SCANGRIP COLOUR MATCHTechnical specifications:
• Ultra-high CRI COB LED
• 95 CRI
• 4500 KELVIN
• 1100/550 lux (operating mode 1/operating mode 2)
• 400/180 lumen (operating mode 1/operating mode 2)
• IP65
• 1h/3h operating time
• 3,7V/2200mAh Lithium ion
• Charging time 4h
• EU design patent 2373282

MULTIMATCH can be used both with a cable connection and on battery power without a cable connection. Two operating modes allows for up to six hours battery operating time.
The body is made of die cast aluminum which makes it extremely sturdy and shockproof. The flexible stand makes it possible to position the lamp at any angle.

Technical specifications:
• Ultra-high CRI COB LED
• 95 CRI
• 4500 KELVIN
• 3500/1400 lux (operating mode 1/ operating mode 2)
• 2000/600 lumen (operating mode 1/ operating mode 2)
• IK07
• IP67
• 1.5h/6h operating time
• 11.1V/4400mAh Lithium ion
• Charging time 3h

Both SUNMATCH and MULTIMATCH are completely dust and waterproof and resistant to the extremely demanding painting workshop environment.

Powered by two AAA batteries, MATCHPEN is a small easy-to-carry penlight with very powerful color recognition properties. The unit is ideal for concentrated and focused light beams ranging from 10° to 70°.

Paint and finish professionals can purchase the complete SCANGRIP COLOUR MATCH kit from Industrial Finishes & Systems, or lights may be purchased individually. The kit sells for $499, and the single size SUNMATCH mid-range unit is priced at $150. Many competitive products sell for $500 or more, making the SCANGRIP COLOUR MATCH family of products an incredible value and must-have addition to a painter’s toolkit.
For more information, call 800.531.1305 or email

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Strapping, Packaging and Shipping Solutions from Industrial Finishes

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


Industrial Finishes and Systems has vast expertise supporting companies who ship via rail, truck or ship. We have a wide range of innovative AAR-approved solutions to fit a growing number of unique business applications. We’re very happy to discuss your needs and develop cost-effective solutions designed to improve your quality, enhance your operational efficiency, and save you money. Our staff has decades of experience supporting companies throughout the Northwest (and beyond) with their packaging and shipping needs. Often, these critical products are part of a systematic approach to enhancing a company’s overall margins.

We have partnered with key suppliers such as Samuel Strapping, Shippers Products, Laminations, Raven Industries, Hexacomb, and AEP Industries. Our solutions include strapping/strapping machines, stretch film/stretch film machines, and shrink film/shrink film machines.

IF Sales Team WestWe offer steel strapping with incredible inherent strength and flexibility. Additionally, polypropylene and polyester materials have improved greatly in recent years and offer an attractive alternative to steel in many applications. Strapping machines include both semi-automatic tabletop strappers and fully-automatic arch machines.

Our hand stretch film solutions come in popular 12″, 15″, and 18″ core lengths in a number of common thicknesses and duty ratings. Stretch film machines range in size/capacity in both semi-automatic models and automatic systems.

Industrial Finishes & Systems customers also rely on us for adhesive materials, void fillers, dunnage bags and edge protectors. We’ve worked closely with customers to develop new materials designed for very specific applications.

Established in 1958, Industrial Finishes & Systems is a key supplier to the automotive, recreation vehicle, aerospace and industrial/panel markets. To inquire about Industrial Finishes goods or services, call 800.531.1305 or email

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Make Money With Au-ve-co Clips and Fasteners

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU AN EASY OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE PROFITS? What if they told you that the reason is behind an overlooked opportunity? At Industrial Finishes & Systems, we pride ourselves on being partners in profit. One of the many ways we do this is partnering with you, the customer, to help better your business and to help you succeed. This article will dive into some business principles that if implemented could help your company take lost opportunity and turn it into profit.

KPI (Key performance Indicators) and ROI (Return on Investment) are two hand-in-hand abbreviations that can change a company’s bottom line over time. KPIs’ are the small intricate details of a company that help define how efficient they are in their daily processes.

For instance, take the shop that has to deal with a tough insurance agent. You want to make the most bang for your buck, but just like a tax payer you have to keep records of what you used for your work. Time spent on projects, materials used on projects, and the estimate of what you will charge your customer all factor into the KPI for that particular job. The higher the KPI of your shop, the better negotiation power you have with insurance agencies.

But how do you get there? What type of investment should you make that will get you a return profit in the end? (ROI).

Let’s start with your shops estimates and billing processes. As a shop owner, can you think of any specific products that you give away for free? How about clips and fasteners. How often do you bill your customers for the clips that you use on a day to day basis? Some clips at cost may be only 57 cents a piece… but when you calculate all of the cars you work on, the bumpers that you replace, and the amount of clips that you use… it all adds up.

Now lets put this theory to the test and create an example of how much money could be lost by not billing clips. Lets fix this example taking variances, inconsistency in costs, and situations out of the picture. Say you consistently have 15 cars a week coming into your shop. Of those, only 6 of them have 1 bumper to repair. You are open all seven days a week. Now let’s say every car is the same and uses 6 total 57 cent bumper cover clips to hold it up, totaling $3.42. You bill the clips at $3.65 on your R.O. In other words, you just turned a profit on an item that you may not have otherwise billed for at all!

You’re now being paid more thoroughly for the materials you use. Better yet, you’ve billed insurance at a level that allows you to maintain a profit margin on the materials. The Au-ve-co system as provided by Industrial Finishes & Systems helps you manage it all effectively. Give us a shout and we’ll help you get set up today!

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