Auto Painting Services Williston ND

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The Auto Shoppe, Inc.
(701) 572-0193, 001-2004
612 2nd Street East
Williston, ND
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Carquest Auto Parts
(701) 572-2167
1300 2nd Ave W
Williston, ND
Services
Auto Parts

Horizon Resources
(701) 572-2171
209 Washington Avenue
Williston, ND
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Retail Tire,Gas Stations

Service Plus
(701) 572-3561
1316 2nd Avenue West
Williston, ND
Services
Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair

Ryan Motors
(701) 577-1111
1212 2nd Street West
Williston, ND
Services
Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair

Badlands Clutch & Transmission
(701) 572-2303
4406 2nd Avenue West
Williston, ND
 
Tri County Glass
(701) 572-2188
1204 2nd Avenue West
Williston, ND
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Simonson Station Store
(701) 572-1880
1409 2nd Ave W
Williston, ND
Services
Car Detailing,Gas Stations,Convenience Stores

Camper Dans RV Repair
(701) 572-6985
6604 2nd Avenue West
Williston, ND
Services
Trailer Repair,Truck Parts

Williston Tire Center
(701) 572-6167
1909 2nd Avenue West
Williston, ND
Services
Alignment Repair

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Good Looks, Endurance

Vehicle colors and graphics speak volumes about a fleet; good paint systems protect tractors and trailers

Tractor/trailers are moving billboards. Whether brightly colored and decked out in fabulous graphics or not – trucks reveal many things about the fleets that own them.

A good company color scheme, logo or graphics can build image and recognition. Quality paint professionally applied helps trucks look their best, and finishes can help fleets protect their investment.

Paint finishes

The paint system experts at DuPont say it’s important for trucking fleets to choose the best paint systems because they need quality performance to handle the road conditions and to protect the trucks through their life cycle. Developing and selecting coating systems that provide predictable performance helps control maintenance cost.

So what is the best paint system? DuPont defines it as that which fits both the fleet manager’s budget constraints and the equipment’s life cycle expectations.

Image is everything, so fleet truck finishes need to look great and last over time. The gloss, distinction of image and depth of color help to promote the fleet image and branding. A corporate color and scheme will trigger mental recognition within the general, and subliminal response is common in many cases.

The maintenance of the truck’s finish is important for the long term. DuPont suggest that fleets follow all instructions provided by wash chemical suppliers. Their products can be alkaline or acidic based, so a thorough rinse is critical to minimize damage to the finish. The pH on the surface needs to be in the range of 6 to 8 pH.

Graphics

When it comes to fleet graphics, 3M recommends the use of its 3M Controltac Plus Graphic Films with ComplyAdhesive, according to Tim Boxeth, 3M marketing supervisor.

“We invented repositionable graphic films that permit fast and easy installation of large graphics,” he said. “These films can be positioned and repositioned until they are precisely aligned. Then they can be firmly adhered. While doing so, patented air release channels permit the elimination of trapped air bubbles.”

The advantages of using films for graphics rather than painting logos and other graphics is that using film is quicker and less expensive than painting, according to 3M. New digital printing processes permit cost-effective short runs for just a few vehicles, the company said.

Also, 3M introduced lower cost films designed for short-term promotional use. This is handy when a fleet manager wants to change promotional messages frequently. Instead of the time and cost involved to repaint, new graphics can be printed and installed in as little time as one day, the company said.

To maintain films, fleet operators should refer to the film manufacturer's instructions provided by the sign printer/installer. In general, however, fleet manager...

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