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Eight Keys to Paint and Materials Success

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Steve Trapp, North America services manager for Axalta, shares a few tips that shop owners can implement to improve their paint and material usage. 

  1. Proper coding of invoices to cost category
  2. Standard and limit inventory fluctuations to avoid spikes
  3. Limit overmix of primer, base and clear
  4. Measure errors (like respray and buff) and implement continuous improvement 
  5. Technician training assessments.Offer e-learning, online virtual, in-shop and learning center training plans.
  6. Ongoing technical audits 
  7. Ongoing painter round tables to review results, KPIs and brainstorm ways to improve
  8. Estimator calibration to ensure shops get paid for what they do

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