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February 28, 2020 by Polyvance
Polyvance has just released a new video focusing on repairing a tear on the corner of a bumper. The corner of a bumper is fairly weak and can sustain damage even if it’s not directly impacted in a collision. This type of damage is very common and often seen in body shops. A collision repair technician can repair this type of damage and restore the bumper to like-new condition using products and equipment from Polyvance.
February 19, 2020 by Polyvance
Polyvance, a leading manufacturer of automotive plastic repair and refinishing products based in Rainsville, Alabama, began to export products to Japan in 2019 through its exclusive distributor there, T-Craft Co., Ltd., based in Nagoya. Nitrogen plastic welding has not yet been adopted in Japan, so it has been received with interest. As a result of T-Craft’s success in demonstrating the Polyvance nitrogen plastic welder in Japan, the technology has been recognized by the Japan Autobody Repair Work Association (JARWA).
February 04, 2020 by Polyvance
This tractor mount tank is used to store both water and chemicals. According to the owner, the tank costs around $5000! Part of the tank had been melted pretty badly, warping the plastic and turning it brown. It also had a small crack in it. The tank is made of polyethylene, so we were able to repair it with our R04 LDPE welding rod.
January 10, 2020 by Polyvance
Polyvance announces its collaboration with the Skills Georgia leadership team to introduce nitrogen plastic welding as a scored part of the competition in the 2020 state-level contest.
December 09, 2019 by Polyvance
As 2019 comes to a close, we want to remind everyone of all of the new products we launched and changes we made this year. This is a great way to catch up on anything you may have missed!
December 02, 2019 by Polyvance
We recently repaired a 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra rear bumper for Duke's Body Shop. The bumper was made of polyurethane, and it had some pretty bad damage on it. We did the repair with the airless plastic welder and thermoplastic (meltable) polyurethane welding rod.
November 11, 2019 by Polyvance
The 2019 SEMA Show took place November 05 - November 08 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Polyvance's booth was better than ever before! We had 3 nitrogen plastic welders that we used for demos, and had our brand new 6076 Bumper Stabilizer on display.
October 30, 2019 by Polyvance
At SEMA next week, Polyvance will display its latest product to help body shops repair today's large, multi-piece plastic bumpers - the 6076 Bumper Stabilizer. The Bumper Stabilizer attaches easily to a common scissor stand and is designed to support the bumper from above using included bungee cords and adjustable anchor points.
October 28, 2019 by Polyvance
In I-CAR's tenth issue of Collision Reporter magazine, they summarize the many changes to their program. From now on, in order to maintain Gold Class status, a shop is going to need two Hands-On Skills Development courses each year. Thankfully, Polyvance offers several options to satisfy your hands-on skills training requirement. All of our hands-on courses -- the PR-01, PR-02, and PR-04 -- are acceptable alternatives to I-CAR's hands-on plastic repair course.
September 24, 2019 by Polyvance
Earlier this month, Polyvance announced the availability of three new welding rod materials to meet industry and customer demands. To benefit its customers, Polyvance has updated their suggested temperature settings chart to include the new welding rod. The chart will help customers set up their nitrogen plastic welders to best weld the new material.
September 13, 2019 by Polyvance
Today we just finished a repair on a GMC Sierra dually bedside panel. This panel is made out of thermoset polyurethane, and came in with several long tears on it. Polyurethane is a thermoset plastic, and is NOT meltable, but it can be repaired with the airless plastic welder and thermoplastic polyurethane welding rod.
September 03, 2019 by Polyvance
As the only company in the industry which promotes fusion welding as the best way to repair plastics, Polyvance has a special responsibility to provide new plastic materials and welding rods to repair the latest plastics. In response to industry and customer demands, we are happy to announce three new welding rod materials.
August 22, 2019 by Polyvance
Ths Automotive News article shows that the lightweighting trend that began in reaction to the 52 mpg fuel economy mandate during the Obama administration shows no sign of abating as the OEMs become more focused on electric vehicles. Plastic repair skills are vital and will continue to be in the next decade.
August 15, 2019 by Polyvance
A customer who was leaving the dealership backed into a rare 2004 Cheverolet SSR. The bumper cover is discontinued and is no longer available. The dealership was unable to find a salvage or used bumper cover, either. Fortunately for them, we were close by.
August 07, 2019 by Polyvance
Polyvance announces the immediate availability of its new "8000-series" of nitrogen plastic welders. This is the sixth generation of nitrogen welders since Polyvance introduced the technology in 2006. This line of welders incorporates patent-pending new technology created by Polyvance to make the welders easier to maintain and use.
July 01, 2019 by Polyvance
The 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Kurt took some of our nitrogen plastic welders and nitrogen generators for the competitors to use.
June 20, 2019 by Polyvance
This pool pump was brought to us by a customer to fix. It is an Intex SF70110 and the housing was made of polypropylene with 30% long glass fiber reinforcement (PP LGF30). Luckily, we have been experimenting lately with a 20% long glass fiber-filled PP welding rod that we thought would be a perfect test for this new material. After grinding off the Flex Seal, we used our Nitro Fuzer nitrogen plastic welder to fusion weld this glass fiber-filled rod to the housing. The compatibility was excellent and two materials fused together very well.
May 08, 2019 by Polyvance
John was in Puerto Rico last week working with Polyvance's new distributor, Rafael Figueroa. They had a very busy, productive week! Rafael is very enthusiastic about selling Polyvance's products.
May 01, 2019 by Polyvance
Cross-linked polyethylene is not very common, but it is sometimes used for fuel tanks, kayaks, canoes, and older ATV parts. It is an extremely durable plastic, and unfortunately, it is not easily repaired. Polyvance's new video explains how to repair cross-linked polyethylene. The video demonstrates a repair of a puncture, a crack, and a hole in an XLPE fuel tank. The repair is made by using Polyvance's KCWPRO airless plastic welder and low density polyethylene welding rod.
April 30, 2019 by Polyvance
Luis Rodriguez, a student at the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, won first place at the high school level during the 2019 Alabama SkillsUSA Automotive Refinishing Competition. To support the local community and to encourage the interest in trade skills, Polyvance is making a donation to help send Luis to the SkillsUSA National Conference.