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  • Insider's look at a new Eastwood product and our R&D department

    Welcome to  the first of my insider's view of some new products we have on the way. Also below is a quick view of where we design, test, and develop all of our exclusive Eastwood products you see in our catalog!

    First I thought I'd show you around the building a little to give you an idea of where all the "magic" happens. Don't worry these spy photos got the OK, so we won't have to use any "mob" tactics to keep you from sharing them with your friends!

    Here are a few Random photos of the outside of our building, inside the retail store (feel free to stop in if you are a local to the Pottstown, PA. area!), our warehouse, and also the R&D department (including the test vehicles we use to test any products we can on).

         

      

    Lately our R&D team has been quite busy designing and testing some new products and I'm happy to give you some photos of our new welders that are due to hit the market in March. These welders are going to finally give the DIY'er a industrial quality welder for just over entry level welder price (135 Mig under $300 and 175 Mig under $500)!  Also check out the photos of the go-kart frame we built from scratch with the welder and our (stay tuned for more on this shortly) tubing bender. Keep an eye on our Facebook/Twitter/Homepage for the debut of this new product!

        

       

    Industrial Unit Weld       Eastwood 135 Weld        Low Quality Unit Weld   

      

    Thanks for reading and watch this space for more spy shots, sales, and other news regarding your favorite restoration supply headquarters!

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  • Testing 1-2 1-2

    Repetition makes for the best final product. This is why our R&D department is always buzzing. From testing new products that are under development, to reviewing current products and seeing how we can make them even better. This at times can be a bit frustrating, but in the end we feel this what makes Eastwood products stand out from the rest of the industry. Here is a little insiders view on what we've been up to in R&D the past couple weeks.

    One exciting new product we are very close to releasing is a product that is best described as an "inner frame coating". Often times when restoring an old car or truck, you do extensive work to treat the exterior of you frame/chassis for rust. But, what about the inside of the frame? Many older vehicles actually rust from the "inside out". This product is specially formulated to coat, neutralize, stop and treat the rust or corrosion found in those places you couldn't reach with normal methods. This product is slated to be available in an easy-to-use aerosol can with a special "wand extension". This "wand" has a machined brass tip on the end that has been designed to give a broad "fan-like" spray pattern (check the pictures below for a sample of what the spray pattern looks like). This is the key to fully covering the inside of the frame. You can even see in the pics below how there is a fine "green" mist of the frame coating coming out of the bottom holes of the frame as Mark is applying the product. Throw away everything your tech ed teacher taught you when painting something; with this product you WANT the coating to be dripping out of the frame. Seeing that will tell you that you are getting a nice thick coating inside the frame.

    Keeping on the same wavelength of chassis and frame restoration, we have another product in the final testing stages. This product is being dubbed "After Blast" It is pretty easy to figure out when this product is to be used.. but to those that are unclear, it is a cleaning product sprayed on any part you have blasted. You simply spray  it on after blasting your metal clean and wipe down with a clean rag. I was amazed at how much contaminants it pulled out as Mark sprayed and wiped the chassis down numerous times! This is just another product that backs the belief that "prep is the most important step" when coating/spraying or restoring. Check out the pics below of Mark blasting the frame clean with our Eastwood exclusive Master Blaster Dual Blaster then testing the "After Blast" on the freshly blasted frame!

    As many would guess, one of our best selling product lines is Powder Coating. Because of that, we are constantly testing and perfecting our powder coating products. The past couple weeks it has been the powders themselves being tested. First was our High Temp Silver powder. We were testing a couple different samples for 1.) how they sprayed out 2.)How they cured and flowed out 3.) How well they handled the high temperatures that we guarantee them to.

    Also here are a few photos of some cool items being coated this past week at the Eastwood headquarters with some of our favorite powders! My personal favorite is J.R.'s vintage go-kart shot in our Starlight Blue Powder. Look at how all the "flake" shows up in the direct sunlight!

    Hope you all enjoy this recent "insiders look" at what we have going on here at Eastwood! Let us know if there are any products you would like to see as a DIY or blog entry.

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