St. Louis Area Body Shops wonders if your Paint Supplier is a true Business Partner

For a long time all you needed as a body shop was a supplier that could run over a pint of paint and a roll of sandpaper in 10 minutes, give you a “deal”, and not screw up your billing every month. Everywhere you looked, there was a parts house with a paint line beating down your door wanting your paint business. It was a time when it was much easier for body shops to make money. There wasn’t a “cycle time” push, a scorecard, length of rental scores, or the constant battle to keep work flowing into your shops. Those were the days. 

St Louis Area Body Shops: It’s Time to Look at “Cost vs. Price”

There are several key categories that drive profitability in a collision shop. Parts cost, material cost, labor cost, location overhead, etc. It gets even more detailed than that. One of the biggest things we see at Cooper Color when visiting St. Louis area body shops is the amazingly large group that overlooks cost vs. price. 

Is your St. Louis Area Body Shop “Behind the Times”?

Every business today is going lean. Lean processes, lean overhead, lean staffing. At Cooper Color, we help St. Louis area Body Shops go lean at every facet of the refinish process. It could be PPG’s Waterborne finishes, our Waterborne Primer Surfacer, or helping shops implement lean processes in their paint departments. 

Cooper Color Commercial Coatings

PPG offers many options for commercial coatings, including one called Commercial Performance Coatings (CPC). This is a single stage topcoat that with just changing resins, you can achieve many levels of single stage finishes.  This product is also the most commonly used in heavy equipment painting, because it stretches the dollar.

The Most Expensive Material for a St.Louis Area Body Shop: A Cheap Abrasive

ne of the oldest ways body shop owners/managers “TRY” to cut costs is by using a low-cost, value priced, or “cheap” sandpaper or abrasive line for their shop. Usually these Cheap abrasives are purchased from the local “wagon-peddler” and are nothing more than throw away product that the wagon peddler has an extremely high margin on.