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SOUTHFIELD, MI, February 21, 2020 – Five painters from across North America have been chosen to compete this month at the R-M Best Painter Contest 2020 North American Finals in Whitehouse, Ohio.

From February 27-29, 2020, these finalists will compete for a chance to win a trip to Paris, France, sponsored by BASF, to represent North America at the International Finals held later this year along with fifteen other global finalists.

The selected contestants for this year’s finals are:

Name Collision Center Distributor
Jeffrey Naugle Glass and Sons Collision Zimmerman’s
Sean Espinosa European Collision Center Kemperle
Joe Deptula Thomas Waldron Carstar ABSAP
Jose Armando Pelayo Mojave Paint & Body NCS
Anthony Sanfilippo Global Impact Solutions Micro

Judges for the competition will be made up of a panel of North American head trainers and industry experts, including guest judges Jonathon Goolsby from Goolsby Customs and KC Mathieu from KC’s Paint Shop. Each will be focused on two main categories:

  • Digital competency and fast productive solutions (i.e. leveraging UV technology during the damage repair process)
  • Safety and sustainability – demonstration of best safety practices and sustainable processes, including use of the R-M Onyx HD Waterborne system

“We are really excited to be hosting the North American finals for the first time,” said Tina Nelles, Marketing Services Manager for BASF Refinish. “The competition will be intense as all of these painters have so much talent, but it will also be a great experience and incredible fun for everybody.”

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To assist automotive refinish customer searching for information about BASF products that meet the VOC limits for automotive refinish use, BASF provides Wall Charts that list the products that are compliant with the automotive refinish VOC regulations in specific regions in North America (country, province, state, air districts). It is the responsibility of the purchaser/end-user to ensure they know and understand the regulations for their specific region, industry, application and end use and ensure that the products that they are using are compliant with all applicable regulatory requirements and any permits specific to their business.

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