The Beginning
In 1792, Wiert Willemszoon Sikkens started his resin cookery in Groningen (the Netherlands). In 1928, the factory sets up a second mill, especially for cellulose lacquer. From that time on, Sikkens also produced paint for cars, furniture, trains, aircrafts and for numerous other industrial applications.
The developing of car repair
In his day and age, the carriage painter was specialized in splendidly shining coatings, rich colors and sophisticated stripings. The beauty of the carriage seemed to indicate the status of its owner. The painting of the carriages required great skill, for what with roads being poor, the enamel had to suffer a great deal. The carriage painter had his own workshop, which had to be as dust free as possible for the lacquer dried very slowly. Even after the arrival of the car, drying still took a lot of time. This changed when briefly after World War I the cellulose lacquer was introduced. This paint type dried quickly, but could not be applied by means of a brush. A new trade was developed: car repair.
Bodyshop tools
The tools of the carriage painter were the wooden screw jack, the frame in which the wheels were painted, the car for moving the wheel-less carriage, and spraying installations: the compressor, spray-guns and the purpose made tools.
In the modern body shop the classic manual work has not died out altogether: by creating a personal design on a car of truck, car sprayers can give each vehicle or company its own identity.


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