New addition to the Eastwood family.

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for following our blog, my name is Matt Murray and I am the new social media marketer at Eastwood. You may be thinking “What does this mean to me?”. Well, I will be taking over responsibilities for maintaining a majority of our updates on many of the social networking sites that you may find us on. This means more insider company information, contests, give aways and fun interactive ways for you to learn about Eastwood as a company and also us about you as the customer!

I’ll begin with some details about myself since you will be hearing from me quite often. I am a long time motor head, specifically with European cars. I’ve been turning wrenches since I was old enough to hold one (my dad tells me it is in our blood!). I love vintage Volkswagens, Audis, and Porsches. I currently have a 1976 VW Rabbit I am restoring and modifying from the ground up. This project will have a ton of the great products we sell here used on the car as I build it. Check out a few pictures I have of it fresh out of the paint booth.

If you are on facebook please become a fan of Eastwood to be included in special Facebook fan sales and also to find out the latest news about what we are up to! Look out for a future “Car of the Week” contest shortly. With this contest we will be accepting any and all pictures of YOUR rides. Anything from that old rusty restoration project you pulled out of the weeds to your shiny show car, we want to see it! In return we will be posting the picture of your car for everyone to see! So stay tuned for more information on that and more shortly.

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Eastwood’s Catalog is in the Mail

Eastwood’s latest catalog is currently in the mail.  This catalog features the Master Blaster Dual Blaster on the cover.  The Master Blaster is a combination media blaster and soda blaster that allows you to blast with media, bicarbonate of soda, or any mixture of the two.  This allows you to go from stripping paint on delicate parts, to aggressive rust removal with the flip of a switch. 

Soda Blaster and Media Blaster in one

If you are not on Eastwood’s mailing list, click here to request your FREE 80-page catalog packed with auto restoration/customization paints, tools, and supplies.

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Eastwood’s “Caption It” – Win an iPod Touch

Congratulations to the winner of Eastwood’s Caption It  – Randall R. for his winning caption :

“WHEN I TOLD YOU TO PULL THE PICKUP OUT, I MEANT THE TRUCK OUT OF THE GARAGE!!!!!!”

 

We’ve all heard horror stories about getting a car worked on…….This image reminded us of some of those stories.  Add your best caption to this photo by adding a comment.  Eastwood’s President will choose a winner of an iPod Touch 16G, based off of the comments received by Wednesday, January 20, 2010. 

Share your caption for a chance to win

Full rules can be read here.

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Finally….A Brake Fluid Resistant Paint

Nothing is worse than dripping brake fluid onto your freshly painted parts and seeing the paint damage appear before your eyes.  This has been one of those issues plaguing hobbyists for years…..how many cars do you see at car shows with the remains of paint on the master cylinder?  After experiencing this problem and hearing about it from our customers, we decided that we needed to develop a product that could be used on master cylinders, wheel cylinders, or anywhere else brake fluid may spill or drip.  The result – Eastwood’s New Brake Gray.  The results are simply amazing and need to be seen for yourself. 

Eastwood Brake Gray - Brake Fluid Resistant Coating

Eastwood Brake Gray - Brake Fluid Resistant Coating

At the SEMA show, we met up with Kevin Tetz (host of Paintucation and TRUCKS!) and told him about this new product.  He wanted to see the results for himself, so we sent him a can.  Check out what Kevin had to say about Eastwood Brake Gray: 

“I was VERY skeptical of Eastwood’s Brake Gray brake fluid resistant aerosol paint. Brake fluid is caustic and never sleeps! I’ve had brake fluid ruin catylized urethanes when it stays unnoticed from a drip or leak….. It can break your heart and cause a ton of work in a repaint. I shot three medium coats onto a random metal piece, let it dry according to the instructions, and then dripped a half ounce of DOT 3 brake fluid on the coating and waited. By day three the only sign I had that there was a brake fluid spill was a little bit of moisture and a slight white outline of where the fluid used to be, which wiped off easily leaving the paint intact and unaffected. This is amazing! Paint for master cylinders, firewalls, frame rails, brake lines and connectors, steering shafts, anything that is around or under a master cylinder in a car or truck is now protected! Wow! More and more we’re seeing high tech paints come in the form of aerosol application, which is completely changing the stigma of the “bomb can” and bringing it into the realm of “professional” paint. 5 stars… this is an amazing product that does what it says it does.” 

Kevin Tetz

Kevin Tetz

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Powder Coating at Home

When I first started working at Eastwood, one of the first products I got my hands on was the HotCoat Powder Coating System.  Having never been exposed to powder coating, I was a little skeptical of how much more durable it was compared to paint.  After I sprayed a few test panels, I was sold.  When the panels cured, I was told to take a pick hammer and hit the q-panel.  To my surprise, the panel had a nice indent, but the powder did not flake off.  Next, I was told to bend the q-panel in half.  Again, the powder did not flake off (try these simple tests at home….it is pretty amazing!!  You can also coat a piece of aluminum foil and bend that all around to see how durable powder coating is).  After seeing these two tests, I was sold and have been powder coating at home ever since.

Powder coating at home can be done for a relatively low amount of money.  All you need is an oven (I started with a small toaster oven and worked my way up to an old house oven), a compressed air source, powder, powder coat gun, and clean parts to coat.  Click here to see how easy it is to powder coat at home.

Working on old VW’s, I’ve been powder coating just about anything I can fit into the oven - pedal assemblies, engine tin, pulleys, wheels, hood hinges, sway bar,….even the gas tank for my ’62 bug (we did that in our large walk-in oven in our R&D).  Nick

Powder Coated Gas Tank

Powder Coated Gas Tank

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