There are thousands of different blends of plastic in the world. The key to plastic repair is knowing which plastic you're working with and choosing the appropriate repair material to match. Watch the video to learn our tips and master the plastic repair process.
Automotive Dec 30, 2020
Automotive Dec 16, 2020
Tech Tip: Two Ways to Lay a Ripple Bead with the ORBiT™ Tip
There are two ways to lay a ripple bead with the ORBiT Tip. Option 1, can help you in hard to reach areas, while Option 2 may save you some time. Watch the video for more details on each method.
Automotive Dec 14, 2020
Even the most rugged vehicles eventually begin showing the effects of UV exposure. Refinishing faded trim can instantly enhance the look of a vehicle for significantly less cost than replacing the panels. The process is simple and SEM offers a variety of trusted products for matching color and gloss of trim components.
Automotive Nov 30, 2020
SEM SOP: Filling Custom Fill™ Aerosol Blanks
Increase revenue with SEM's Custom Fill™ system designed for custom matching vinyl, leather, plastic, carpet, velour, or properly prepped and primed metal. Learn how to fill aerosol blanks with SEM's Standard Operating Procedure.
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Automotive Oct 23, 2020
Tech Tip: 2K Cartridge Times Explained
Every cartridge manufacturer provides users three important pieces of information: the working time, set time and cure time. These times mark the steps of the products’ conversion from liquid form to a solid state. Read on to understand these terms in detail and how they impact the repair process.
Automotive Oct 16, 2020
Watch & Learn: Master the OE Ripple Bead with ORBiT
The OE ripple bead can be described as the defined, chopped-up, wavy-textured bead commonly found on underhood areas, trunk pans and rear body pans of most vehicles. Whatever you choose to call this bead, it has been a long-standing challenge for repair technicans to accurately and conveniently duplicate this seam.
Automotive Oct 2, 2020
SEM's QR Codes Make Life Easier for Technicians
Using SEM QR codes is like having a SEM product specialist right in the shop with you. When you scan a SEM QR code on a product label, you are directed straight to the product's webpage. From here you can conveniently access technical data to ensure proper application, safety information, SOPs, and more.
Automotive Sep 23, 2020
Four ways to use the Rigid 360° Applicator
The Rigid 360° Applicatoris is more than a spray wand. It is a 36-inch-long, customizable applicator wand with a true 360-degree spray pattern. Watch the video to learn more and see four different uses for this versatile tool.
Automotive Sep 10, 2020
How to Spray a Bedliner with BoothTalk's Jeremy Winters
Check out this video by Jeremy Winters of the BoothTalk podcast to see him spray a bedliner on a Silverado using Rock-It XC™.
Automotive Aug 28, 2020
How to Spray 2K Dual-Mix Products with the Quick Spray System
Many technicians are surprised to learn they can spray select 2K Dual-Mix products from the SEM line. They are even more surprised to learn how simple the process is. Check out our video on how to spray Dual-Mix products with the Quick Spray System.
Automotive Aug 12, 2020
Create an Additional Revenue Stream with Rock-It XC Bedliner
Rock-It XC™ offers collision centers a way to create an additional revenue stream. Learn how Rock-It XC differs from polyurea coatings and drop-in liners.
Automotive Jul 28, 2020
SEM Expands Product Offering with Launch of Plastic Masking Film
SEM announces the release of four plastic sheeting options and branches into an all-new category with reliable and easy-to-use masking films that cling to substrates for optimal protection against overspray and other contaminants.
Automotive Jul 22, 2020
Watch & Learn: Dual-Mix Sound Dampening
It's important to remember that what's behind the panel is just as important as what you apply to the outside of a panel. In this video, learn about the different types of sound dampening coatings and foams and their applications.
Automotive Jul 9, 2020
Video: New XXX Specialty Gel Adhesive Remover
Watch this product demo to see new XXX Specialty Gel Adhesive Remover in action. Learn about the benefits of its slow-evaporating formula and run-resistant, vertical hold capability.
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Automotive Jun 30, 2020
Watch & Learn: Complete Guide to SEM 1K Seam Sealers
This is your complete guide to SEM's 1K seam sealer offering. Watch the video or review the summary to learn about differences between 1K and 2K seam sealers, advantages of MSP technology, and Tech Tips including using ORBiT™ or SHFT™ tips with 1K Seam Sealers.
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Automotive Jun 11, 2020
SEM Expands Adhesive Remover Offering with First Gel Adhesive Remover For Automotive Refinish
SEM Products unveils the first gel adhesive remover for the automotive refinish market along with an improved formula for existing adhesive removers in the XXX line.
Automotive May 29, 2020
Watch & Learn: Master the Hem Flange Seam With No Masking Required
The SHFT™ tip helps technicians easily duplicate OE hem flange seams commonly found on doors, hoods and deck lids. In this video, we share our best tech tips to help you master using the SHFT tip to save time and money in the shop.
Automotive May 21, 2020
Watch & Learn: Duplicate Textures with 2K Urethane Chip Guard
VIDEO: Watch and learn to see how 2K Urethane Chip Guard builds heavy textures while eliminating common issues seen with 1K products including long flash times, pinholes, solvent trap, delamination and solubility.
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Automotive May 12, 2020
Tech Tip: Equalize and Purge 2K Cartridges
Ever wondered why every manufacturer of 2K cartridges instruct users to equalize and purge the cartridge before attaching the static mixer? Here's your chance to find out why these steps are so important and how to do them properly.
Automotive Apr 30, 2020
Virtual Product Demo: SEM 2K Seam Sealers
Ever wondered why SEM offers so many different types of 2K seam sealers in our DUAL-MIX line? With the increase in post-inspections, we want to be sure you have what it takes to duplicate factory seams for any repair. For the first time, we've released a complete 2K seam sealer product demo on video. Watch now to learn more.
Automotive Apr 24, 2020
Watch & Learn: Reduce Labor Up To 85%
We all know that the shorter the job time, the more jobs you can service each week. You can prevent bottlenecks in the shop by using aerosols. SEM’s OEM Refinishing System uses 3 products to reduce labor up to 85% when refinishing inner support parts, rails, cut-ins, and jambs.
Automotive Jan 31, 2020
New Seam Sealer Tip Helps Collision Centers SHIFT Production into High Gear
Want to reduce the time to complete a hem flange seam by up to 65%? The new SHFT™ SEM Hem Flange Tip allows technicians to reduce repair times, steps and waste when replicating OE hem flange seam sealer beads commonly found on doors, hoods and deck lids. Utilizing the SHFT tip means, no more masking or spreading.
Automotive Oct 29, 2019
SEM’s 2K Urethane Chip Guard Delivers Convenience, Durability & Improved Repair Times to Match OEM Textures
SEM Products releases innovative, 50 state compliant, 2K Urethane Chip Guard for replicating OE textured chip guards on lower vehicle panels. New 2K Urethane Chip Guard is OEM recommended, tintable and delivers extensive texture variation with two-component technology to ensure maximum durability for impact and chemical resistance.
Automotive Sep 3, 2019
SEM Products, Inc. & Mothers Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners, Inc. Announce New Distribution Partnership
Effective August 30, 2019, SEM Products becomes the exclusive distribution partner for Mothers Professional products in the United States and Canada to deliver unparalleled accessibility to best-in-class products and procedures for the collision market.
Automotive Jun 14, 2019
SEM Broadens Dual-Mix™ Plastic Repair Offering with Rigid Plastic Repair Material
SEM Products releases 40887 Dual-Mix Rigid Plastic Repair Material, a two-component epoxy designed for cosmetic repairs and/or bonding on SMC, fiberglass, Metton® and other rigid plastics. Dual-Mix Rigid Plastic Repair Material enables technicians to reduce repair times with three curing options. Its unique, fiber-enriched formula helps control halos or swelling, common issues with rigid plastic repairs.
Automotive Feb 12, 2019
Tips for Duplicating OE Seams with Ease
In today's climate, restoring a damaged vehicle back to OEM standards is more important than ever. SEM is here to help with 4 resources for duplicating the most difficult OE seam sealer beads with precision and speed.
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Automotive Feb 4, 2019
SEM Products Unveils New Dual-Mix Quick Set 50 – Clear Adhesive
SEM Products builds upon its 70-year heritage of providing profitable, labor-saving solutions to collision centers with the introduction of Dual-Mix Quick Set 50 – Clear. The new two-component, urethane adhesive offers a transparent color, a 45 second working time, and fast cure that is ready to sand in five minutes.
Automotive Jan 18, 2019
4 Ways to Increase Throughput in 2019
We’re all looking to maximize efficiency and drive profits. Accomplish these goals and more with SEM’s intelligent product design. To learn about profitable solutions that help you repair bumpers 2x faster, turn one extra car per week and save up to 85% of labor, read on or watch the videos now.
Automotive Nov 1, 2018
SEM Products, Inc. Unveils a Game-Changing Seam Sealer Solution
SEM Products releases a patent pending, game-changing solution with the addition of new gray and beige Dual-Mix™ Heavy Bodied Seam Sealer and ORBiT™, the OE Ripple Bead Installation Tip. Now all four colors are available as Heavy Bodied Seam Sealers, designed with a high viscosity to hold tooling marks. When paired with ORBiT, these products offer a one-of-a-kind solution for duplicating the hard to match OE ripple bead withou...
Automotive Oct 11, 2018
We've been excited to see SEM products featured on some of our favorite industry YouTube channels. We're writing to give a big thanks for their support! Make sure you check their awesome projects.
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Automotive Jul 6, 2018
SEM Completes its 1K HS Clear Line
SEM Products now offers a complete range of 1K aerosol clears with the introduction of new 1K HS Matte Clear. SEM’s new 1K HS Matte Clear is a time saving, clearcoat for matching the sheen of bare or exposed basecoat on many underhood and inner panels parts, such as trunk pans and strut towers.
Automotive May 9, 2018
New Trim Black Ultra Makes Trim Refinishing More Efficient for Collision Centers
SEM Products introduces Trim Black Ultra, a ground-up modernization of our original, industry standard, Trim Black product. With a spray gun-like application and finish, fast coverage, adhesion to a multitude of substrates, and superior UV resistance, Trim Black Ultra ensures our product offering is best-in-class for today’s automotive trim colors.
Automotive Apr 20, 2018
SEM Expands Weld-Through Primers Line With New Zincweld™
SEM Products, Inc. bolsters their weld-through primers offering with the addition of all-new Zincweld aerosol primer. Zincweld is specifically formulated to deliver best-in-class corrosion protection, bar none.
Automotive Apr 4, 2018
We Love Our Customers: Backyard Legends
In 2016, Backyard Legends was born out of a passion for automotive restoration and hot rods. With 20 years of automotive restoration experience and a dream of bringing old American muscle cars back to life, Adam Nicholson opened up a custom restoration and hot rod shop in Concord, North Carolina. They spent the first few months of 2018 working feverishly to finish two Porsches for the Werks Reunion in Amelia Island, Florida. After ma...
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Automotive Mar 27, 2018
Factory Pack™ Helps Collision Centers Turn More Hours, Now With 224 OEM-Matched Color Crossovers
SEM Products, Inc. introduces 6 new colors to the Factory Pack basecoats line. Factory Pack is a professional grade, urethane basecoat packaged in a shop floor compliant, convenient aerosol can. Now with 40 OEM matched colors, spanning 224 crossovers, Factory Pack offers up to 85% time savings when used with the OEM Refinishing System&...
Automotive Mar 13, 2018
Replace or repair a scratched or scuffed mirror?
As manufacturers seek new ways to make lighter cars, plastic becomes more prevalent in the newer model vehicles. Replicating OEM textures in the shop eliminates the need to wait for replacement parts.
SEM’s Texture Coating duplicates OEM textures, increases your billable hours and returns cars to customers faster.
Automotive Feb 7, 2018
This 1967 Ford Bronco has a story to tell
When Kevin “Pigpen” McCain, owner of Rusty Volks Restoration in Fruitvale, Colorado, came across this 1967 Bronco the project was too cool to pass up. His customer, Garry, shared that the Bronco has been in the family for 50 years, passed down from generation to generation. Kevin set out to restore this old gal to back to her original 1967 Turquoise Frost glory.
Automotive Jan 12, 2018
FCA awards SEM Products, Inc. 14 OEM Recommendations
SEM is proud to announce, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) now officially recommends 14 SEM products for use in collision repair facilities in accordance with FCA repair procedures. These products can be used as dictated by brand and part # or “equivalent” on repair procedures outlined by FCA Technical Service Bulletins (TSB).
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Automotive Jan 3, 2018
We Love Our Customers: Tony Carr’s 2010 Camaro SS
Tony Carr has been refinishing cars for a little over 8 years, and has even placed in national competitions. Of all his killer projects, Tony shared with us his 2010 Camaro SS – finished primarily with SEM Products! With the help of friends and family, the project took nearly a year to complete. A big thanks to Tony for sharing his SEM story with us. We’re thrilled you chose SEM Products and we’re impresse...
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Automotive Dec 13, 2017
We Love Our Customers: Albert Traille's 32 Ford Roadster
Today, we’re thanking Albert Traille for sharing his SEM story with us. Starting with a bare frame and body in 1996, Albert built this amazing car, painted with Hot Rod Black - 8 years later the paint still looks as good as the day it was sprayed.
Automotive Dec 12, 2017
Reduce 8 - 20% of Waste With New Fillers and Glazes Soft-Side Pouches
New pouch packaging reduces waste by 8 - 20% compared to traditional packaging. SEM Products Inc. now offering Metal Bite Finishing Glaze, Bumper Bite Flexible Glaze and Carbo Fill+ enriched filler in soft-side pouches.
Automotive Jun 21, 2017
Add Protection, Texture, and Durability to Surfaces with New Bulk Bed Liner Options from SEM
SEM’s top selling truckbed liners, Rock-It Liner™ and Pro-Tex™, are now available in 5 and 54 gallon drums. Both brands are available in black and tintable versions. These protective coatings are ideal for applications requiring protection, texture and durability.
Automotive Jun 8, 2017
New Ez Coat™ Colors Match Pigment and Gloss of 2015-2017 Vehicle E-Coat
OEM recommended Ez Coat has expanded its color offering from seven to nine factory-matched colors. New colors Field Drab and Dark Green are found on e-coats throughout a wide variety of 2015 -2017 Toyotas, Ford F-150s, Hondas, Nissans, and more.
Automotive Mar 23, 2017
New SEM XXX Universal Adhesive Remover Quickly Dissolves Adhesive Residue, Tar, and More
SEM continues to bolster its premium, heavy-duty XXX brand portfolio with new Universal Adhesive Remover. Collision center personnel will benefit from its powerful, fast-acting formula to remove adhesive residue, tar, and more. Available now in convenient aerosols or quart cans, XXX Universal Adhesive Remover will not soften, discolor, or distort plastic, vinyl, or fabric.
Automotive Mar 22, 2017
NEW OEM Recommended Dual-Mix™ Structural Impact Resistant Adhesive
SEM Products releases the newest addition of OEM recommended products: Dual-Mix™ Structural Impact Resistant Adhesive. Abbreviated as SIRA, this two-component, epoxy-based adhesive is built better for bonding structural and non-structural components where specified by the vehicle manufacturer.
Automotive Mar 20, 2017
SEM Racing: Justin Allgaier Wins DC Solar 200 and $100,000
Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday afternoon after winning the DC Solar 200 and claiming the first $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize of the season. Allgaier led 85 of 200 laps on his way to earning his fourth-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory and the first NXS win at Phoenix International Raceway for JR Motorsports.
Automotive Mar 10, 2017
Panel & Rivet Bonding Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Use SEM's five step standard operating procedure (SOP) for flawless panel and rivet bonding repairs.
Automotive Mar 8, 2017
OEM Refinishing System Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Follow SEM's four step standard operating procedure (SOP) for refinishing support parts, cut-ins, and jambs to reduce labor up to 85%.
Automotive Mar 7, 2017
Truckbed Liner Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Follow SEM's three step standard operating procedure (SOP) for professional truckbed liner application.
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Automotive Feb 27, 2017
Busch Wins 59th Running of Daytona 500
Haas Automation/Monster Energy Driver Takes Lead on Final Lap To Score VictoryDate: Feb. 26, 2017Event: 59th Daytona 500 (Round 1 of 36)Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesLocation: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/80 laps) Start/Finish: 8th/1st (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)Point Standing: 1st (56 points, 12 ahead of second)Race Winner: Kurt Busch of Stewa...
Automotive Feb 13, 2017
The hot topic as of recent has centered on the use of corrosion inhibitive products in the collision repair industry with some insurance companies adopting policies to ensure they are used. Direct to metal primers, weld-through primers, cavity waxes, undercoatings, sealers and even adhesives all fall into this category but questions of what, when, where, why and how still seem to plague technicians. The following should help to clear up those qu...
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Automotive Feb 7, 2017
2017 SEM NASCAR Racing Sponsorships
Greetings from Rock Hill, SC! It is time for another exciting NASCAR racing season. The SEM Racing team is coming off a bittersweet 2016 campaign which saw three drivers make the Sprint Cup Chase, a second and third place finish in the Xfinity Chase and Johnny Sauter winning the Camping World Truck Series Championship; however, we also saw the retirement of Tony Stewart.As a result, 2017 brings a few changes to the SEM Racing family! NASCAR seas...
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Automotive Jan 4, 2017
SEM Products Inc., is excited to announce a new and improved formula for 1K HS Clear. This high solids clearcoat is perfect for refinishing small accessories, door jambs, and new part cut-ins.
Automotive Nov 7, 2016
Sprayable Sound Dampening Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Follow SEM's four-step Sprayable Sound Dampening Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for proper application.
Automotive Nov 4, 2016
Plastic Refinishing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Follow SEM's four-step Plastic Refinishing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for consistent, professional results.
Automotive Nov 1, 2016
Inner Panel Corrosion Protection Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Follow SEM's three-step Inner Panel Corrosion Protection Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for consistent protection from rust and corrosion.
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Automotive Oct 28, 2016
1 Gun Cleaner for Any Paint System
New 2-in-1 solution removes solvent-based and waterborne coatings from spray equipment through best in class XXX Universal Gun Cleaner from SEM. Recognizing the demand for dual purpose, contaminant-free cleaner, SEM developed a formula that works equally well on both solvent and waterborne paint systems.
Automotive Oct 5, 2016
Duplicating OEM Textures Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Follow SEM's standard operating procedure (SOP) for duplicating OEM textures on raw plastic or painted surfaces.
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Automotive Aug 22, 2016
Harvick ‘Earns It’ in Gritty Bristol Win
Busch Beer’s tagline “Earning It” might be a perfect way to describe Kevin Harvick’s gritty win in Sunday’s rain-postponed and rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) outlasted the field – and several rain delays – in a race that started on Saturday night and ended Sunday evening. In all, Harvick led four times for a total of 128 la...
Automotive Aug 17, 2016
Increase Throughput with Dual-Mix™ Seam Sealer
We’ve gotten a lot of thanks for reducing cycle time and increasing throughput with our direct-to-metal and paintable immediately seam sealers. So much so, that we wanted to work out the math to show other collision centers the true time, labor, and material savings, along with additional revenue, gained by using Dual-Mix™ Seam Sealer.
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Automotive Aug 8, 2016
Learn How to Repair Cars Faster at NACE | CARS Expo 2016
SEM’s booth #342 at NACE | CARS Expo & Conference on August 9 – 13, 2016 will show how to reduce repair steps, waste and time with SEM to decrease cycle time and increase throughput.
Automotive Aug 2, 2016
Buescher Earns First Sprint Cup Win
Chris Buescher grabbed his first Sprint Cup Series win Monday, using pit strategy to put the No. 34 Ford out front before bad weather cut the race short at Pocono Raceway. The victory is the second for Bob Jenkins’ growing team and the first since David Ragan took the No. 34 to Victory Lane in 2013.
Automotive Jul 27, 2016
2K Lower Panel Protection Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Even the newest and least experienced technician can consistently and efficiently protect lower panels with this 5 step SOP.
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Automotive Jul 26, 2016
PPX Reps to Showcase SEM at NACE | CARS 2016
With NACE | CARS just a few weeks away, PPX Reps' (Pacific Produx, Inc.) elite sales team for the automotive aftermarket has been hitting the streets and visiting with repair shop owners and managers throughout Southern California to personally invite them to attend NACE | CARS 2016 and visit the PPX Reps' co-located booths. All attendees may visit them at the NACE | CARS Expo, taking place Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12 at the Anaheim Con...
Automotive Jul 15, 2016
1K Seam Sealing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Turn more hours with direct to metal and paintable immediately 1K Seam Sealers. These OEM recommended products come in all 4 OEM matched colors: White, Gray, Beige, and Black, to ensure pre-crash condition on every seam.Follow this 3 minute video to duplicate OEM texture and patterns on interior or exterior seams, joints, and voids flawlessly every time.
Automotive Jun 27, 2016
Tony Stewart Victorious at Sonoma
To the victor go the spoils. After winning Sunday’s Save Mart 350k at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, that adage is one Tony Stewart intends to fulfill to the tune of a berth in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Championship. Driving the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Stewart took the lead with 22 laps to go and sparred with Denny Hamlin on the last lap to score his 49th career Sprint Cup Series win, his third...
Automotive Jun 6, 2016
Busch Has ‘Haasome’ Day at Pocono
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), overcame team and fuel challenges to win Monday’s rain-delayed Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The win was Busch’s 28th career Sprint Cup victory, his third ever at Pocono and his first of 2016. With the victory, Busch has virtually locked himself into a spot in the 16-driver, 10-race Cha...
Automotive Jun 1, 2016
Reduce steps and save money on your next SMC repair with SEM’s new 2-in-1 Fleet Line™ Composite Adhesive & Repair.Also compatible with fiberglass, carbon fiber, Metton®, and other rigid plastics, Composite Adhesive & Repair has exceptional bonding strength, sanding, and featheredging characteristics. Follow this 4 minute video to complete SMC Repairs flawlessly every time.
Automotive May 26, 2016
Panel Bonding Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Learn how to panel bond with SEM's OEM recommended Dual-Mix™adhesives. Multi-Purpose Panel Adhesive and Door Skin & SMC Adhesive takes all of the guess work out of choosing the right product for the right application at the right time.
Automotive May 26, 2016
Enter to Win the Ride of a Lifetime
One lucky winner will encounter three 170 mph jaw dropping laps with Dale Jr. around the track in Charlotte plus a DVD of the ride. Take in the rush of 3Gs of acceleration with 2 tickets to the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and XFINITY SERIES races during your five night stay. Experience VIP treatment, a Q&A session and meet-n-greet with Dale Jr. plus much more.
Automotive May 25, 2016
Collision Centers Reduce Re-dos with Rust Trap™
While visiting a collision center, one of our team members, Mark, noticed a frame tech placing a truckbed side back on a vehicle with a rusty inner wheel house. The tech explained that they don’t fix the rust because it isn’t considered part of the damage. Mark pointed out, though, that if the rust isn’t fixed, the customer would ultimately bring this back due to rust damage, resulting in a costly re-do since the collision center was last to touc...
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Automotive May 2, 2016
Elliot Sadler Wins Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, took home the victory in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at Talladega Superspeedway. The win, Sadler’s first with JR Motorsports and 11th in NXS competition, puts him back atop the series points standings.
Automotive Apr 25, 2016
Dale Jr. First Victory Driving for JR Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Richmond International Raceway since September 2002 ended in similar fashion to that night nearly 14 years ago, with the two-time series champion dominating the race on his way to victory lane. Today’s victory, Earnhardt’s first Xfinity Series win since 2010, was also his fourth in six career starts at the Virginia short track.
Automotive Apr 4, 2016
Plastic Tab Repair Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
SEM’s standard operating procedure (SOP) for plastic tab repair shows you how to efficiently repair most automotive plastic tabs for bumpers, mirror housings, and more. Follow this 2 minute video to complete plastic tab repairs correctly every time.
Automotive Feb 23, 2016
SEM Obtains 52 OEM Recommendations Covering 218 SKUs
General Motors (GM) awards SEM Products, Inc. 52 recommendations spanning 218 SKUs. Recommended products should be used as “equivalent materials” during repairs outlined by GM Technical Service Bulletins. Recommendations include adhesives, foams, panel bonding adhesives, plastic repair materials, seam sealers, stone guard coatings, and undercoatings. Specialty coatings are recommended for out of warranty repair scenarios.
Automotive Feb 22, 2016
Chase Elliot Wins Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona
Chase Elliott won Saturday’s Power Shares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway for JR Motorsports, giving the company its third NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) win at the famed superspeedway.
Automotive Feb 17, 2016
Plastic Repair Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
SEM’s standard operating procedure (SOP) for plastic repair shows you how to efficiently repair most automotive plastics including bumpers, mirror housings, and more. Follow this 3 minute video to complete plastic repairs correctly every time.
Automotive Feb 11, 2016
2016 NASCAR Racing Sponsorships
It is time for another exciting NASCAR racing season. The SEM Racing team is coming off a great 2015 campaign which saw two drivers make the Chase with Kevin Harvick finishing in 2nd place, narrowly missing a back to back championship.Daytona Speedweeks are underway and the 2016 NASCAR season will officially begin with the Daytona 500 on February 21! With the many rules changes and the introduction of the Chase format to the Xfinity and Camping...
Automotive Jan 21, 2016
Save Time & Material on Every Job with New Premium Powder Guide Coat from SEM
Collision center technicians save time and expensive materials while reducing re-work on every job with Premium Powder Guide Coat from SEM. Packaged in a convenient aerosol, the product dries instantly and sands immediately. No more messy tubs, wasted product, masking, or clogged sandpaper. This premium guide coat has exceptional detection of even the smallest pinholes, reducing re-work and assisting in a flawless finish.
Automotive Dec 29, 2015
Get Your Truckbed’s Dignity Back with Improved Rock-It Liner™
In preparation for SEM School, our New England team came down to set up product demos. As part of their display, they revived this 2013 Honda Ridgeline truckbed. The fiberglass composite bed was chalked-out, faded and showed fiberglass hairs. It was a sad sight for a 2 year old bed. The team used the new and improved Rock-It Liner to get this truckbed’s dignity back.
Automotive Dec 3, 2015
SEM Products is Now Member of the I-CAR Canada Industry Training Alliance Program
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.SEM, an approved I-CAR USA Industry Training Alliance program training provider for over six years, is excited to bring training to Canada.
Automotive Nov 23, 2015
Harvick Finishes Runner-Up at Homestead-Miami 2015
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished second in the Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as well as the final 2015 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup season standings.Harvick was one of four drivers contending for the championship at Homestead, with his fellow title contenders being Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. Busch scored the race victor...
Automotive Nov 17, 2015
Harvick Finishes Runner-Up at Phoenix
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished second in the rain-delayed and rain-shortened Race for Heroes 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway to advance to the Championship Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Automotive Oct 23, 2015
Turn More Hours with Factory Pack™
Do you want to turn more hours and put more money in your pocket? Do you want to lower paint costs to look good in front of your boss? Do you want to grow a thicker beard and have biceps that easily bend solid steel like putty?Factory Pack can make all of this come true. Well, at least the first two. How? By matching 18 of the top 20 OEM
Automotive Oct 22, 2015
Stop Rust in Less Steps with New Rust Trap Coating
Treat, restore and protect against rust with new high gloss, moisture cured urethane from SEM. Apply Rust Trap directly to rust or bare sanded steel to seal existing rust and prevent rust formation. Rust Trap dries to a glossy, non-porous, rock hard surface with excellent durability and chemical resistance. With simple preparation, Rust Trap quickly gets equipment back to work.
Automotive Oct 15, 2015
Touch Up Interiors to Make Easy Money
Don’t leave money on the table. Refinishing automotive vinyl, plastic, and leather is fast, simple, and lucrative. For about $20 in materials, you can easily refinish interior parts to add $75 - $250 per repair order.
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Automotive Oct 5, 2015
Harvick Secures Spot in Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Date: Oct. 4, 2015
Event: AAA 400 (Round 29 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Automotive Sep 30, 2015
Improved Scuff & Clean: Scuff Faster, Clean Better, Less Waste.
SEM releases improved Scuff & Clean prep paste in a new user-friendly pump package. Scuff & Clean is an abrasive material that cleans and prepares panels for repair or refinish. The improved formula boasts better sudsing, easier rinsing and no settling.
Automotive Sep 28, 2015
NEW Dual-Mix™ Quick Set 180 Adhesive Buys Technicians More Time
SEM adds the next member of the trusted Dual-Mix Quick Set adhesive line. Quick Set 180 is a two-component, general purpose, black, urethane adhesive for plastic, steel, aluminum, glass, SMC and fiberglass parts. The extended three minute working time works for large repairs in hot climates, while still functioning as a fast set adhesive.
Automotive Sep 23, 2015
Increase Revenue with NEW Custom Fill™ Color Coat™ Aerosol Blanks
Professional collision centers can now match any interior carpet, velour, vinyl, plastic, or properly prepped and primed metal color with an aerosol. SEM delivers aerosol blanks for filling Color Coat formulas using SEM’s Custom Fill machines.
Add Services With Custom Aerosols
Jobbers can provide custom mixed Color Coat solutions to anyone that...
Automotive Aug 29, 2015
SEM Hitting the Road with JD Motorsports
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. – SEM Products, Inc. has joined forces with the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team once again, this time for one of the tour's most demanding races.The team announced Friday that SEM, the Rock Hill, S.C.-based manufacturer of innovative paints, adhesives and coating products, will sponsor the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro, piloted by Lawson Aschenbach in his NASCAR debut, in Saturday's Road America 180 Xfinity Series race.
Automotive Aug 27, 2015
Increase Throughput with Direct-to-Metal and Paintable Immediately 2K Seam Sealers
When it comes to 2K seam sealers, direct-to-metal (DTM) and paintable immediately* technologies help shops turn more cars per week. DTM seam sealers eliminate initial primer application, gun cleaning, and scuff time, reducing cycle time as much as 75 minutes while reducing material waste. The capability to paint immediately can save an additional 30 minu...
Automotive Aug 24, 2015
Kevin Harvick Locks in 10th Runner-Up Finish in 2015
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Saturday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway by finishing second in the Irwin Tools Night Race.Harvick started seventh and was in position to score his third victory of the season before having to settle for his 12th top-two finish of the year. The top-five result was Harvick’s 17th this seaso...
Automotive Aug 20, 2015
How to Refinish Door Panels & Dash Pads with Color Coat™ Flexible Coating
AutoRestoMod does an excellent job demonstrating how to restore a 40 year old car with Color Coat. AutoRestoMod uses our ready to spray Color Coat Landau Black, but many jobbers have Color Coat Mixing Systems to mix custom colors when needed. Their video shows how well SEM Soap, Vinyl Prep and Color Coat work together to produce exceptional ad...
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Automotive Jul 15, 2015
Clean 1K Sprayable Seam Sealer Guns Faster with SEM's New Cleaner
July 15, 2015 – ROCK HILL, SC – SEM introduces a first of its kind solution to cleaning one-component sprayable seam sealer applicators with 29433 Sprayable Seam Sealer Gun Cleaner. Whether a body shop technician is performing routine maintenance or needs to quickly switch seam sealer colors, Sprayable Seam Sealer Gun Cleaner makes this task easier.
“29433 makes the difficult task of cleaning these applicators much easi...
Automotive Jul 15, 2015
EZ Application, EZ Finishing With New World Class™ EZ Finish™ Clearcoat
July 15, 2015 – ROCK HILL, SC – SEM provides collision centers World Class™ EZ Finish™ Clearcoat: SEM’s newest production oriented, national rule urethane clearcoat for exceptionally easy application and refinishing. With three activator speeds available, body shop technicians can apply EZ Finish Clearcoat on any size job, in any environment.
“EZ Finish Clearcoat is an exciting addition to SEM&rsq...
Automotive Jul 15, 2015
Aluminum Repair & Refinishing Cabinet | Limited Time Only
JULY 15, 2015 - 70200 Aluminum Repair & Refinishing Cabinet is an assortment of popular products geared to the repair and refinish of aluminum and steel panels.
- Complete assortment - cleaner, adhesive, seam sealer, glaze, primers, & mixing tips
- 5% discount over buying separately
- Free 71119 Universal Manual Applicator ($127 shop value)
- Free cabinet ($149 shop value)
Aluminum Repair &...
Automotive Jun 22, 2015
Hot Rod Black Transforms 1990 GMC Suburban
An Alaskan body shop technician coated his 1990 GMC Suburban with Hot Rod Black to give it an intimidating new look. This Suburban features a custom built rear roll pan and all LED lighting. The owner used SEM XXX Adhesion Promoter and Texture Coating on the mirrors, grill and headlight bezels.
Automotive Jun 8, 2015
Top-20 Finish for Allgaier at Pocono
Justin Allgaier No. 51 SEM Products ChevroletPocono RacewayAxalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Post-Race ReportLONG POND Pa. (June 8, 2015) - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made its first of two stops in the Pocono Mountains, where Justin Allgaier drove a Hot Rod Black painted Chevrolet with SEM Products as the sponsor.
Automotive Jun 5, 2015
#51 Sprint Cup SEM Products SS for 2015 Axalta 400
Hot Rod Black…The No. 51 Chevy’s primary sponsor this weekend at Pocono is SEM Products. Allgaier’s car is painted with SEM Products’ Hot Rod Black for this weekend. Hot Rod Black is the industry leading matte, two-component, single stage black for low gloss accent stripes, hoods or entire vehicles.
Automotive May 15, 2015
The Next Generation of Trim Black is Here
SEM unveils the next generation of industry leading Trim Black paint products: Trim Black Euro Jet.
Automotive Apr 27, 2015
NEW 40786 Brushable Copperweld Primer
SEM releases new 40786 Brushable Copperweld, a brushable version of SEM’s popular Copperweld aerosol weld-through primer for superior corrosion protection between welded substrates... Read More
Automotive Apr 24, 2015
Coming to a jobber near you, SEM products are showing off a brand new look.
Automotive Apr 15, 2015
New Working Time & Set Time 40377 Heavy Bodied Black Seam Sealer
40377 Heavy Bodied Black Seam Sealer now boasts a shorter working time of 10 minutes and set time of 15 minutes. These times are consistent with all SEM two component seam sealers to increase body shop productivity. Packaging reflects this change in the upper left hand corner of the cartridge.Use 40377 for sealing interior or exterios seams, joints and voids. Apply on bare metal, OEM finish, epoxy primers, and DTM urethane primer.
Automotive Mar 16, 2015
Victory at CampingWorld.com 500k
Another week, another win for SEM sponsored Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing. Coming off his first-place finish last week in Las Vegas at the Kobalt 400, Harvick led a race-high 224 total laps in Phoenix to win the CampingWorld.com 500k... Read More
Automotive Mar 9, 2015
Big Win for Harvick at Kobalt 400
SEM is celebrating Kevin Harvick’s big win at the Kobalt 400 on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway....Read More
Automotive Feb 23, 2015
2015 NASCAR Racing Sponsorships
SEM is proud to sponsor another exciting year of racing. The SEM racing team is coming off a great 2014 campaign, which saw three drivers make the Chase and Kevin Harvick win the Sprint Cup Championship. In addition, Ben Rhodes won the K&N East Series title. View our drivers and teams for 2015
Automotive Feb 5, 2015
New F-150 Coated Entirely in Rock-It Liner
All American Ford of Hackensack, New Jersey, proved truckbed liners aren’t just for truckbeds. This dealership sprayed a new 2014 F-150 FX4 exterior entirely with SEM’s #1 selling truckbed liner, Rock-It Liner™. The result is an impressive, rugged look that catches attention across the showroom... View More
Automotive Feb 3, 2015
You Name It - Automotive, Aerospace, Marine or Industrial - SEM Products Helps You Make The Right Choice
Last year, SEM Products, Inc. celebrated being in business for over 65 years delivering quality American-made products. This year the company continues to celebrate as May marked the biggest revenue month in the company’s history. Clearly they are doing something right!“Our success comes from empowering our people,” says President Steve Fussy. “We give them the room and the tools to do their jobs. We make everyone feel...
Automotive Jan 27, 2015
Webinar: Understanding Adhesives, Fillers and Sealers
SEM’s Marketing Manager of Technical Services & Training, Larry Trexler, led a webinar on preparing for the future of steel and aluminum repair. Larry simplifies SEM’s Dual-Mix line of adhesives, fillers and sealers to the 6 products that cover the majority of collision center repairs.... View More
Automotive Dec 16, 2014
How to Professionally Restore Headlight Lenses
Body shops, mobile technicians, and detailers agree that headlight output is critical to safe driving at night. Restoring a car’s headlight lens increases light output, which improves safety, and enhances clarity for an attractive appearance.Follow these instructions to make any vehicle’s headlight lens look and perform its best.... Read More
Automotive Dec 1, 2014
How To Select the Best Primer for Plastic
When it comes to selecting the best primer for your automotive plastic, the choices can be overwhelming. Start by answering this question: Am I repairing or refinishing? Learn More...
Automotive Nov 24, 2014
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Favorite SEM Products
Learn more about the products these champions use to look and perform the greatest.
Automotive Nov 18, 2014
SEM Products Obtains OEM Recommendation
General Motors recommends SEM Products’ 39977 Panel Vibration Control Material
Automotive Nov 18, 2014
Sprint Cup Champion Uses SEM for Big Win
SEM is proud to sponsor 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick and the #4 Stewart-Haas Racing team. During the 2014 Sprint Cup season, Kevin piloted his Chevy SS to 5 victories, 8 pole positions and led more laps than any other driver. As a result, Kevin qualified for the new “playoff-style” Chase format. He survived, advanced, and ended the season with winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 in Homestead, FL, crowning him the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion!...
Automotive Nov 17, 2014
What’s In the Can Matters More Than the Price Tag on It
Jobbers, as a partner to the collision center, need to know - what’s in the can matters more than the price tag on it. The ability to explain what makes one product better than another is essential to improving collision center profitability.
Automotive Nov 13, 2014
A quick guide to determine what type of automotive plastic you’re working with.TPO, PPO, PP, ABS…. there are several plastics used in the automotive industry. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them while preparing to refinish or repair a vehicle. This guide defines the two major categories of plastic, provides ways to identify them, and gives instructions on how to work with each.
Automotive Oct 29, 2014
4 Easy Steps to Refinishing Interior Plastic
We recently received a thank you letter from Dave, who used SEM’s flexible coating Color Coat to refinish the dashboard and doors of his car. Dave writes, “I used SEM Color Coat on the interior panels of my custom sports car 10 years ago and it still looks amazing. No cracking or flaking or fading. Looks like the car came that way.”Want to get Dave's results? Here are 4 easy steps to use Color Coat on your next interior plastic refinishing job.
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Automotive Oct 3, 2014
NEW: SEM now offers a high performance, modified silane polymer (MSP) 1K Sprayable Seam Sealer in four OEM colors. With SEM’s new sprayable seam sealers, body technicians are equipped to duplicate OEM sprayed seams on floor pans and trunk sections. This versatile sealer can also be used under rocker panels and inside wheel wells to meet or exceed OEM quality sound dampening.
Automotive Oct 3, 2014
Semi-Gloss, Total Protection. 1K HS Semi-Gloss Clear Available Now
SEM creates a mid-gloss, aerosol, acrylic clear for body or paint technicians refinishing OEM lower gloss panels. 1K HS Semi-Gloss Clear protects the color of and adds a mild gloss to basecoats.
Automotive Jul 15, 2014
SEM Provides Best Match to OEM Seam Sealers for Automotive Technicians
Automotive technicians searching for an OEM matching white seam sealer need look no further. SEM releases 40477 Heavy Bodied White Seam Sealer with these technicians in mind. A high viscosity, two-component epoxy, 40477 is for use on interior or exterior seams, joints, and voids. 40477 is excellent for collision repair and fleet vehicles because of its outstanding adhesion to multiple surfaces, its flexibility, and its resistance to shrinking or...
Automotive Jun 30, 2014
SEM Drives New Technology for Automotive Interior Repair Technicians
The EZ Mix™ app puts over 5,000 formulas at your fingertips for mixing Color Coat and Sure-Coat™.The days of flipping through 200+ pages of mixing formulas are over with the introduction of SEM’s EZ Mix app. Designed for jobbers or technicians with Color Coat or Sure-Coat mixing systems, the EZ Mix mobile app eliminates the need for paper formulas. Users simply enter the SEM color number and quantity needed for formula and VO...
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Automotive Jun 10, 2014
The Problem:It's obvious that the shorter the job time, the more jobs you can service each day. But how do you shorten labor time when you’re required to wait on mixing paint, flash times, vacant paint booths, and the time to clean your tools after each use?Find out how to lower your labor time up to 85% with SEM's OEM Refinishing System.
Automotive May 29, 2014
VOC Compliant Rock-It Liner 1.7 Available Now
ROCK HILL, SC -- May 29, 2014 – SEM Products, Inc. releases a truckbed liner solution for VOC regulated states with their new Rock-It Liner 1.7. Built in the path of progress, SEM delivers on the demand for a VOC compliant bed liner. This high quality, urethane, textured coating provides a durable, protective finish for truckbeds and restoration projects. VOC regulated regions include California, Maryland, Delaware and parts of Canada.