The stage for Axalta’s annual magazine editor custom paint shootout was set and all of TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s most formidable ink slingers were in one room and ready to grab a spray gun and step into the paint booth. There was Nick Licata of Chevy High-Performance; Evan Perkins of Super Chevy; Drew Hardin of Muscle Car Review; Steven Rupp of Chevelle; Brian Brennan of Street Rodder; and Sarah Burgess, the only female driver in the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
Right before the editors and Sarah got their chance to shoot panels with the company’s latest offerings, there was a briefing in Axalta’s training center. The purpose of the training center, beyond the occasional gathering of media types to receive an education, is for Axalta customers.
In Axalta’s words, “Learning and Development programs are designed to boost customer performance by developing the skills and knowledge to eliminate waste, reduce costs, keep cycle time to a minimum, and boost employee morale. Programs can be completed through a variety of options, including hands-on training at any of our North American Learning & Development Centers, online through the Learning Campus, or virtual and blended programs that can be customized upon request. Programs are available for refinishers, body shop technicians, managers, owners, and more.” More means magazine editors, race car drivers, etc.
The experience was truly amazing, each one of the editors and Sarah were handed a spray gun full of paint and turned loose. On one side of the paint booth, half of the editors were shooting Axalta’s 50-state legal low-VOC solventborne paint called Cromax Mosaic; that’d be the silver panels. On the other side of the booth, the rest of the editors and Sarah were shooting Cromax Pro waterborne basecoat in a metallic lime green color. Contrary to what one would expect in the heated spray booth with a lot of air moving through, the waterborne paint dried considerably faster than the solventborne paint.
Next in line, and with the most amazing visual results, each took their turn at shooting Axalta’s new two-stage CFX Basecoat Candy Colors. The revolutionary development regarding CFX Basecoat Candy Colors is as the clearcoat dries (cures) the candy toner migrates into the clear, creating a true candy color indistinguishable from a traditional silver- or gold-based candy color made with a translucent toner. Plus, the CFX system is so foolproof even a magazine editor can deliver streak free, perfect results.