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Fake news, fake watches, fake guns (spray guns)

I would like to share with you some thoughts about one encounter I had recently with one painter in Greece. While we were talking about usual stuff in his paint mixing room, I spotted a new box of Devilbiss GTI Pro Lite Spray gun. I am selling this well-known brand for more than 15 years, and I am always happy to see painters using this excellent piece of engineering. “Good choice”, I said. “Yes, and very cheap too, only 130£ on Ebay”, he replied. “That is unusually cheap, indeed”, I thought, while taking the box in my hands. I asked if I could open it, and took the gun in my hands. From that very moment I realized that it’s not a genuine spray gun, it just didn’t sit well in my hand. “It is Devilbiss from China”, the painter replied seeing my obvious confusion and with a slight sign of guilt in his eyes.

I don’t want to bore you with the entire discussion I had with this painter. He knew it was fake, but, for some reason, just because it had the brand on it, he thought he got a good deal. The truth is, he was ripped off. The painter paid 130£ for a below average Chinese gun, which normally should be around 25£ max. Yes, it still sprays the paint, but it isn’t even close to a genuine Devilbiss product.

To be honest, I hate fake things. Whether it is feelings, news, a gadget or a watch. Well, for me, especially watches, since I love these small pieces of mechanical engineering in our digital world. If you want to buy a Swiss watch regardless of a price tag, you probably value the craftsmanship and work and time spent on making it. Nobody needs to buy a watch now just to see what time is it. You exchange your hard-earned money on something of a profound value for you; on something, which reminds you about your own achievements and hard work. If you buy a fake Rolex, for example, you deceive mainly yourself, not others.

It is not in my intention to make in-depth comparison between the real thing and the fake. There are too many points. I think Devilbiss managers should do it instead. In fact, I don’t understand why Ebay UK allows to sell fake products undisturbed? However, I strongly believe that sprayers should respect their work and be tidy with everything they use in their job. In the end of the day, the one who is fooled around is your pride and self-esteem.


Car refinishing industry’s next “big thing”

Why do I like Linkedin? Merely because it is the only place on the web you could communicate with fellow colleagues from any industry in the world without any geographical boundaries. As business owner, I am wondering what will be the next big thing in automotive refinishing industry? So, why not to get opinions of the most competent people, those involved in the industry itslef?

I was surprised by the number of the comments, actually it was a dialogue, not separate postings. Dozens of the professionals  found time to share with us their views on the future. This is why I just want to summarize below the main points from this discussion. I appologize in advance for not mentioning any names, for simple reason, not to distinguish anyone unintentionally. 

1. A number of colleagues mentioned UV-curing products as the next "big thing" in the industry. Indeed UV-cured primers and clearcoats are already present, and time saving is undisputable.  Just imagine the whole UV-curing line of paint products available at reasonable price. Productivity will sky rocket, profits will grow and everyone is happy. Yet, until now we have mainly seen UV systems for spot repair jobs. Who knows, maybe the break through is just behind the corner.

2. Second group of people (including myself) had a little pessimistic opinion. Our industry will disappear. Non-paint systems, where plastics, composites and protective wraps of all kinds would simply replace the old good basecoat-clearcoat system. Well, fortunately, up to now we don't see anything of real threat, but who knows.

3. Next group of colleagues see the future big change in the advanced, new, high-tech equipment. UV-led spray gun, which will simultaniously spray paint and cure it, and automatic paint mixing machine, which would minimize human mistakes, where put on the table of the innovation.

4. Finally, there were people, who believe that the big change will not come from products or equipment, but rather from the service provided to body shop professional. From simply delivering good quality products, future suppliers will compete with their training, knowhow and efficiency education. This may not sound revolutionary, but I strongly believe that it would not be enough to provide good product anymore. Proper training and overall experience with particular paint system will be the major differentiator.

To conclude, we can hardly forsee now what will make the big bum in automotive paint industry in the coming years, like nobody could predict 25 years ago that mobile phone would become our hand's extention. Nevertheless, it is us who make the change in our industry, so let's dream, and sooner or later our dreams may come true.

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