Previewing SEMA Show 2016: product demos, giveaways and more

PrintIt’s fall, which means it is once again time for the SEMA Show, the world’s premier automotive specialty products trade event. The four-day event is being held Nov. 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and you can bet Global Finishing Solutions will be there in full force.

Packed into those four days, we will be showcasing our REVO Accelerated Curing Systems, GFS Wave filters, paint booths and more. GFS can be found at Booths 11153 and 11243, as well as partnering with Axalta for an outdoor experience in the Silver parking lot at Booth 61009.

The return of REVO

GFS is excited to bring its state-of-the-art REVO Accelerated Curing Systems back to Vegas. REVO Systems, which use short wave electric infrared technology, work within a paint shop’s current footprint and can improve paint shop throughput up to 80 percent. At Booth 11153, GFS will feature a REVO Speed unit integrated into an Ultra® XR paint booth structure, as well as REVO Rapid MC2 and REVO Handheld models. Experts will be on hand to demonstrate multiple REVO models and to answer any questions about the breakthrough technology.img_2363

REVO demo schedule
Tuesday: 2–2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30–11 a.m. & 2–2:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30–11 a.m. & 2–2:30 p.m.

REVO Accelerated Curing Systems significantly reduce curing times for both prep and paint phases of repairs. The systems are available in multiple models ranging from a handheld unit to larger systems which integrate into paint booths and prep areas. Each model allows technicians to speed up the repair process by hours, dramatically increases shop throughout and delivers high-quality results at a fraction of the energy cost compared to conventional curing methods.

Win a REVO MC2 or Handheld

In addition to learning about REVO Systems, demonstration attendees will also have the opportunity to enter drawings to win the state-of-the-art technology. Drawings will be held for a REVO Handheld unit each of the first three days, with a drawing for a REVO Rapid MC2 at the end of the show.

Make sure to attend a REVO demo at the GFS Booth 11153 for your chance to win.

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Global Finishing Solutions will once again be partnering with Axalta to provide an outdoor booth experience at SEMA 2016. It will be located in the Silver parking lot at Booth 61009 and will feature a GFS Ultra® XR semi-downdraft booth equipped with GFS AdvanceCure®, premium booth accessories and a GFS REVO Speed System to demonstrate rapid curing.

The schedule includes two days of REVO Speed demonstrations highlighting fast drying with Axalta coatings, as well as custom painting, waterborne classes and more throughout the week.

Starting the Wave

There will be plenty to see and learn about at our GFS’ Parts and Filters booth this year, located at Booth 11243. In addition to paint booth lights, shop curtains and other booth
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Attendees interested in the filters will have a chance to participate in the GFS Wave free filter trial. Those who sign up will receive a full set of Wave filters for their booth to test out the product.

Swing by and start your GFS WAVE free filter trail at SEMA 2016!

We hope to see you at the SEMA Show this year!

GFS Opens New Center for Excellence Training Facility

Global Finishing Solutions (GFS), a world leader in innovation for paint booths and finishing systems technologies, recently opened the doors of a new state-of-the-art training and product R&D center. The innovative Center for Excellence allows GFS to demonstrate the advantages of its most advanced, game-changing systems while also teaching proper use, tips and safety techniques.


The training facility was meticulously designed with full preparation and paint areas to closely mirror a working body shop. GFS equipment in the facility include: a dual-bay downdraft Ultra® XR CTOF booth integrated with the REVO Rapid OR2 curing system, Ultra® XR downdraft paint booth with REVO Speed, Aluminum Repair Station and two Ultra® XD paint mix rooms. This new facility allows users to see how REVO Systems significantly reduce cycle time.


GFS Equipment: Aluminum Repair Station, dual-bay Ultra XR CTOF, Ultra XR paint booth and Ultra XD paint mix room

GFS opened the doors of the Center for Excellence for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to a group of 60 distributors. As part of an annual distributor meeting, GFS distributors participated in sales trainings and discussions, and attended demonstrations of all REVO Systems in the new body shop training center throughout the week.


“It was important for us to bring our distributors to this new facility to provide hands-on training of our equipment, especially the new REVO Systems. This breakthrough technology needs to be experienced in person in order to see how it can significantly improve paint shop throughput,” said Brandon Lowder, vice president of auto refinish sales at Global Finishing Solutions. “By providing our internal sales staff and distributor partners with this in-depth training on our products, we are able to better serve our customers.”


In addition to training employees and distributors, GFS plans to open the facility to customers, local paint jobbers, paint companies, collision center consolidators and MSOs, and local body shop associations. If you are interested in touring the new facility or for REVO product demonstrations and training, please contact us at A virtual tour of the new Center for Excellence training facility will be available on the GFS website in the coming weeks.

Problem Solved – Collision center replaces its “state-of-the-art” booth with a state-of-the-art booth

It didn’t take long for Kent Forman to realize his Honda dealership in Brandon, Manitoba needed a body shop. After years of taking vehicles to local body shops in town, he opened a shop of his own. The location wasn’t ideal to begin with and meant a lot of trips across town from the dealership, but when Forman began building relationships and a reputation with car owners, it became clear a larger shop was needed.


After some shuffling at the dealership and nearby spaces opening up, Forman was able to open a larger body shop, Forman Collision Centre, in the building next to his dealership. With eight bays and a new state-of-the-art paint booth in a newly-renovated facility, Forman was ready to service vehicles from the dealership as well as those of his loyal customers. Except what they got was far from state of the art.

“We had issues with it right off the bat,” explains Mike Tuttle, manager at Forman Collision. “Once we had more vehicles coming through, we found it couldn’t keep up with our productivity.”

They decided they needed an upgrade to shift that booth to a secondary role. Mike began the search in 2011, which led him to SEMA, an automotive trade show, in 2012. What he found wasn’t encouraging. “I quickly realized there are only so many companies who can put booths up in Canada, more specifically in Manitoba,” says Tuttle. “The regulations are a lot stricter, and once they knew where I was from, they said they couldn’t really do much for me.”

A company that could do something for him was Global Finishing Solutions. At the GFS booth, Tuttle spoke with GFS distributor Dormer Finishing Systems from nearby Winnipeg. With GFS, he found a company that can handle the stringent regulations in Manitoba, and he quickly built a relationship with Dormer Finishing. Back in Canada, the search continued as he looked into some other routes and got pricing within the next year before, as he puts it, “deciding to go with a more reputable business.”

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GFS Ultra® XC downdraft booth with attached Ultra® XD mix room

Forman Collision decided on a GFS Ultra® XC downdraft booth with an attached Ultra® XD mix room. The Ultra® booth is fully equipped with AdvanceCure Blade®, Paint Booth Sound System, Parts Hanging System and Access Turntable. A state-of-the-art booth and then some.

After a frustrating experience with their first booth, Forman Collision had a much better time working with Dormer Finishing Systems. “We were surprised at how seamlessly everything came together without us having to deal with any of it,” said Tuttle. “We never had to call any contractors and they did a really good job working with everyone around the shop.”


Transition from unproductive prep area to new, profitable paint booth

The booth has alleviated what was at one time a bottleneck in the shop. The newer Ultra® XC booth handles the painting, allowing the original, problematic booth to still be used productively for prep work. Because they chose to put the new booth in an area formerly used for polishing and was therefore not making them any money, the shop’s footprint was barely altered while turning a wasted space into profitable space.

“The AdvanceCure® system works really well,” Tuttle says of the Ultra® XC. “The booth cycles have been much quicker and the paint jobs cleaner. It’s a much bigger booth than we are used to, so we are getting some bigger booth cycles going.” He also added that the guys in the shop are enjoying GFS’ exclusive Paint Booth Sound System.


Access Turntable, Sound System and interior of the booth

Adding the Paint Booth Access Turntable also helps increase shop productivity. By adding the turntable, painters have easy access to pre-mixed paint from inside the paint booth. It also allows for a technician to be mixing paint while another is working in the booth.

With this new GFS equipment, Forman Collision Centre finally has the state-of-the-art booth they thought they had when renovating their new facility. Instead of hindering operations by creating a bottleneck for a shop handling over one thousand repairs per year, the Ultra® XC downdraft booth can handle the workload while making productive use of what was wasted space.

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General Motors Dealer Equipment Program Approves Global Finishing Solutions’ REVO Accelerated Curing Systems

General-Motors-logo-3OSSEO, Wis. – Global Finishing Solutions (GFS), the world’s leading manufacturer of paint booths and finishing equipment, is proud to announce its inclusion in the General Motors Dealer Equipment Program with its REVO Accelerated Curing Systems. The state-of-the-art REVO Systems, which use short wave electric infrared technology, can improve paint shop throughput up to 80 percent.

“Global Finishing Solutions is excited to work with the GM Dealer Equipment Program to be the program’s sole provider of infrared curing equipment,” said Brandon Lowder, vice president of auto refinish sales at Global Finishing Solutions. “With REVO Systems, GFS provides shops the ability to dramatically increase throughput without overhauling their space.”

Introduced in 2014, GFS’ REVO Accelerated Curing Systems leverage electric IR technology to significantly reduce curing times for both prep and paint phases of repairs. Available in multiple models ranging from a handheld unit to larger systems which integrate into paint booths and prep areas, the REVO Systems are designed to fit a variety of needs while working within a shop’s current footprint. Each model delivers high-quality results at a fraction of the energy cost compared to conventional curing methods.

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REVO Rapid OR2

By offering a complete cure every time, GFS’ REVO Systems achieve higher quality results that reduce rework. The short wave electric IR drying energy is concentrated on only the panels needing repair and penetrates multiple layers of coatings to heat the substrate beneath. With just one pass, REVO Systems consistently cure primer, sealer and paint. This allows technicians to speed up the repair process by hours and dramatically increases shop throughout.

“REVO products offer the collision repair industry a win-win-win,” added Lowder. “The dealership can realize increased profits through productivity gains, the technician enjoys easy-to-use technology that produces exceptional repairs and the end user receives a higher quality repair that truly brings a vehicle back to the quality it was before an accident.


REVO product line – Speed, Rapid, Spot and Handheld models

The GM Dealer Equipment Program provides a full range of OEM tested and approved equipment to service, parts and body shops. The program offers installation and training assistance, factory direct shipments and experienced personnel. It can also arrange for supplier visits and product demonstrations to provide shops with complete information about its approved products.

As an OEM-approved supplier, Global Finishing Solutions will offer REVO Accelerated Curing Systems to meet the needs of GM dealership service operations across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to supplying the REVO Systems, GFS is a GM-approved supplier of paint booths, prep environments and other finishing equipment.

About Global Finishing Solutions
Global Finishing Solutions is the world’s leading manufacturer of paint booths and finishing systems for a wide variety of industries — including automotive collision repair, industrial manufacturing, rail and transit, marine, trucking, wood finishing, military and defense, and aviation. Built from merging North America’s most significant finishing equipment manufacturers, Global Finishing Solutions has decades of experience in designing, manufacturing and installing some of the most technolo gically advanced finishing environments in the world. Dedicated to innovation, Global Finishing Solutions continues to develop new products to help businesses be more productive and efficient. For more information, visit

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GFS’ Controlled Airflow Ceiling: A Premium Ceiling to Complement a Premium Booth

So you’ve decided you are ready to invest in a new paint booth for your shop. That’s not the end of the decisions though. Next comes decisions on any booth options and accessories you may want to add to your new booth.

With our Ultra® booths, one option in particular is deciding whether or not it is worthwhile to upgrade to a Controlled Airflow (CAF) Ceiling, GFS’ patented, exclusive ceiling design. Let’s take a look at the key features of the CAF Ceiling to allow for a more informed decision.

CAF Ceiling

Spray zone

In a spray booth, it is all about maintaining and optimizing your spray zone to achieve the best finish possible. The spray zone is affected by everything from booth air pressure and temperature to vehicle placement and walking too close to the item being painted. Not only does an inefficient spray zone lead to contaminated finishes and overspray on booth walls, it also limits the amount of parts that can be painted per cycle.

The Controlled Airflow Ceiling is engineered to maximize the effectiveness of downdraft airflow model booths by providing two airflow zones within the booth. The primary airflow zone creates a precise, protective envelope of air around the vehicle, while the added secondary airflow zone significantly increases the spray zone, virtually eliminating the dead air zone found in most booths.


CAF ceiling illustration

In looking back at his experiences as a painter, auto refinish technical advisor Jason Garfoot explains, “normally I would have to split a big job up between two booth cycles in order to avoid spraying parts in the dead airflow zones of the booth.” Working in a booth equipped with a CAF Ceiling, he says he would be able to consolidate everything into a single cycle without losing quality. “This would easily save a few hours on a single job, and when you add that up throughout a full week of repairs, throughput and ultimately the painter’s paycheck can increase dramatically,” says Garfoot.

Another benefit of the secondary airflow zone created by the CAF Ceiling is that it provides a wash of clean air to keep booth walls clean, while also removing contaminants coming from the painter and air hoses, usually the two biggest sources of contamination in the booth. This makes for happy shop owners and painters; for owners, this decreases the maintenance expenses from cleaning the booth, and for painters, as Garfoot explains, “the fewer times a painter has to go through the time consuming process of washing off and reapplying booth coating to keep the booth clean, the happier he will be.”


A well-lit environment plays a crucial role in achieving the highest quality paint jobs. All of our auto refinish booths are designed with vertical sidewalls lights to minimize shadows and are shipped complete with color-corrected tubes for all light fixtures. With our CAF Ceiling, in addition to creating an extra zone of air compared to your average booth, it also features strategically placed lighting.

UltraXP1 Booth Lighting

The lights are placed between the two airflow zones, as opposed to at the edges of the ceiling, which is more common in paint booths. This strategic placement accomplishes two things: shadow reduction and better illumination of hard to see areas.

When lights are located at the edge of the ceiling, there is a risk of the painter obstructing the light; while vertical sidewall lights eliminate many shadows, the head and shoulders of a painter often create shadows from traditional ceiling lights. By placing lights in the CAF Ceiling 24 inches from the edge of the ceiling, light is no longer obstructed and shadows are virtually eliminated.

In addition to eliminating shadows, the lighting on the CAF Ceiling is ideally placed so painters have a better view of troublesome areas. With lighting directly over the main work area of the booth, it is perfectly located to see the wet edge of the clear coat on tricky areas such as the sail panel or the rear quarter panel.

Worriless Painting

The Controlled Airflow Ceiling is our exclusive design that maximizes the effectiveness of your booth while reducing the worries associated with inefficient airflow and inadequate lighting, allowing painters to focus on the just that: painting.

By creating a second spray zone, contaminants are not only kept away from the paint job, they are also kept from collecting on booth walls. This alleviates worries about cleaning the booth and also about painting in a dead air zone.

In placing lights in between those two spray zones, painters don’t need to worry about fighting against shadows, nor about illuminating normally troublesome areas.

On top of improvements to airflow and lighting, the CAF Ceiling also features hinged filter racks that swing down for easy filter replacement.

The Controlled Airflow Ceiling design comes standard in our Ultra® XP1 and XC booths and can be added to Ultra® XD and XS booths. For a limited time, purchase an Ultra® XD or Ultra® XS downdraft booth and receive a free Controlled Airflow Ceiling upgrade, a $4,500 value.

To learn more about adding a CAF Ceiling to your next booth, contact us at 877-658-7900 to speak with one of our auto refinish experts.

REVO demos

GFS’ REVO Accelerated Curing Systems: The Refined, Efficient Infrared Curing System

A common criticism we’ve received since introducing the REVO Accelerated Curing System in 2014 is that this is old technology which quickly ends up in shop storage. It is true that this is old technology — it’s been around since the 1940s and was adapted for use in collision repair shops in the late ‘80s — but thanks to careful refinement throughout the years, REVO Systems are much more efficient than the old infrared systems long associated with the technology.


REVO Systems provide high quality results within a shop’s current footprint, while also increasing paint shop throughput. It is easy to think it sounds too good to be true, but a look into the technology will provide a clear picture of how REVO Systems accomplish this feat.

The science of then and now

When talking about infrared curing technology, there are gas catalytic and electric systems. While there are benefits to be found with both over conventional systems, the way they generate and utilize IR heat sets one above the other.

Gas-powered IR technology uses the flow of natural gas to a catalytic ceramic plate, where gas is forced through small holes that break the bonds in the natural gas molecules. When oxygen is added, transformed natural gas molecules generate the heat. The IR heat created from this reaction is mostly medium wave, with some long wave.

Since the heat created is mostly medium wave, each layer of coating needs to be cured individually. In addition, gas catalytic IR must be preheated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which takes about 10 minutes. Because of this, shops commonly keep the unit on all day, incurring additional costs and creating a potential safety hazard to workers.

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REVO Handheld

REVO Accelerated Curing Systems, on the other hand, use short-wave electric IR technology. This is generated by sending an electrical current to a tungsten filament, which then produces mostly short wave energy (tests indicate 80 percent of the energy emitted is short wave, with some medium waves as well). That short wave energy is able to penetrate multiple layers of coating to heat the substrate beneath.

Unlike gas catalytic IR in which each layer must be cured individually, REVO Systems allow for up to three coats to be cured with one pass. And where gas catalytic IR systems take time to preheat, the electric IR technology of REVO Systems reaches curing temperature almost instantly.

Translating the science into the shop

All of that scientific jargon is meaningless if it doesn’t perform in the shop. REVO Systems are best fit for 75-80 percent of the repairs a shop performs and can increase paint shop throughput by up to 80 percent. By taking advantage of the extremely efficient short-wave electric IR’s heat absorption technique described above, shops can cut both power consumption and cycle time.

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REVO Rapid OR2

With REVO Systems, curing time for both the prep and paint phases of repair can be reduced by hours. This is achieved by curing coatings from the inside out in one pass. Where in a conventional shop a technician would feel rushed and not let the product thoroughly cure, REVO Systems eliminate that problem by completely curing the filler and primer quickly and completely, thus eliminating rework and decreasing the amount of buffing needed.

Other systems can be tricky to operate: with natural gas, the nature of the gas causes inconsistencies in curing the area of repair. Operators need to be trained to compensate for these differences. In addition, adjusting gas pressure can be difficult, making controlling the temperature especially challenging. Once you’ve mastered those issues, don’t forget these systems raise the temperature beyond the area where the heat is directed, meaning you need to mask plastic components near the repair site. Considering all of this, it is understandable why some shops find these systems unproductive.


REVO Spot controls

Whereas other systems require compensating for heat difference on catalytic plates, REVO Systems’ electric IR energy comes from bulbs which provide consistent heat. The heat can also be emitted from 0 to 100 percent capability depending on your needs. Because REVO Systems generate mostly short waves, which heat the substrate more efficiently, higher heat is produced in a shorter amount of time. Unlike the system that requires special masking of plastic components, REVO Systems only require traditional masking paper on plastic components. This is possible because the short waves generated are blocked by the paper.

Easing the process

With multiple models ranging from handheld units for fast spot repairs to a rail-mounted semi-automatic unit for body shops performing a large volume of repairs, there is a REVO System for every shop. You also won’t need to change your technique: unlike other systems, REVO Systems tailor the curing process to whatever specs exist from the paint manufacturer and can easily be updated.

Each of the REVO System models offer a flexible curing solution without the need to overhaul your shop space. True to its name, REVO Handheld is a portable unit which can be carried throughout the shop for applications like spot repairs, windshield removal, aluminum repair and dent removal. The REVO Spot and REVO Rapid MC units are mounted on mobile carts that can be easily moved into virtually any area of a shop; REVO Rapid is especially versatile as both cassettes move independently for easy positioning. Inside the booth, REVO Speed and REVO Rapid OR units shine: both can be integrated into the paint booth or prep area for convenient, quick positioning. To protect the REVO Speed and Rapid OR units from damage or overspray, we’ve designed a Parking Garage to house the system during spraying.

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REVO Speed in action

REVO Systems have intuitive, smart controls, so you won’t have to worry about undercuring or overcuring. The REVO Rapid and Speed units, for example, have a touch screen interface and sonars designed with ease of use in mind. A technician only needs to select the type of material being cured, and the shade of the color. The build-in sonars indicate where to position the unit in relation to the panel and it will automatically run through the cure cycle and stop when it’s done. The units also have temperature probes to protect against overheating. Adding to the convenience of the REVO Rapid, the premium OR2 and MC2 models feature dual sensors to cure two different substrates at the same time. The intensity of the lamps on each cassette adjusts based on the substrate being cured.

In addition to saving time and improving results, REVO Systems are backed by the expert reliability, service and support you’ve come to expect from GFS. We offer free training for REVO Speed units, and we also spend time with painters and technicians to understand their shop’s particular preferences and deliver the highest quality results. We are also excited to soon be offering training and demo opportunities at our new Center for Excellence Training Facility. And while REVO Systems are very easy to maintain, we also offer a maintenance program for ease of mind.

But don’t take our word for it, contact us today at 877-658-7900 to arrange a demonstration.

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Problem Solved – Collision center becomes energy efficient, ready for aluminum repairs with new equipment

When Tom and Connie Holzer started their company in 1974 in Farmington, Michigan, they couldn’t have imagined all of the changes that would be in store for them. Considerable growth inspired a move in 1985 to a new location in nearby Farmington Hills. Since then, Tom Holzer Ford has grown into a dealership offering a wide variety of new and used vehicles, with a service center and new collision center.


Tom Holzer Ford in Farmington Hills, MI

In that time, it has also become the No. 9 Ford Dealership in the United States of America. Such growth and success doesn’t come lying down. As Carlo Capicchioni, Parts & Service Director at Tom Holzer Ford, describes, “we are constantly striving to improve in order to better focus on our customers’ needs.”

With a couple of aging Blowtherm paint booths at the dealership, Tom Holzer Ford saw an opportunity to upgrade its booths and invest further in aluminum repair.

“We wanted to convert from solvent-based to water-based paints,” said Capicchioni. “It made sense to the make the equipment change at the same time.”

In looking at the different booth manufacturers, energy efficiency played a big role. “We knew we could possibly save a lot on energy expenses by upgrading,” added Capicchioni.

With the help of FinishMaster and DHI Equipment, Tom Holzer Ford was equipped with an arsenal of Global Finishing Solutions equipment: a dual-bay Ultra® XD CTOF booth for prep work, two Performer XP1 booths with an Ultra® XD Mix Room connected between the two and an Aluminum Repair Isolation Station®.


Shop floor featuring new GFS equipment

Why Global Finishing Solutions? “Its history and the fact that our suppliers really believed in the products,” Capicchioni said.


Dual-bay Ultra® XD CTOF booth

The result has been a cleaner output of product and an increase in the quality and effort by painters. The painters now work in a brighter environment with better airflow which results in less dirt in the paint. This means less time spent on each job and ultimately higher quality in the final product.


Performer XP1 booths with an Ultra® XD Mix Room

“Compared to the old booths, these are quieter, brighter and more energy efficient,” said Capicchioni. “We’ve also seen cost savings in energy.”

In addition to the booths, the new Aluminum Repair Isolation Station® sets Tom Holzer Ford up to repair newer aluminum vehicles such as the F-150.


Aluminum Repair Isolation Station®

With aging booths, Tom Holzer Ford became the No. 9 Ford dealership in the country; with this new GFS equipment, it is prepared to rise even higher.


Tom Holzer staff