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Wanda Makes a Fashionable Debut!

The Wanda ShopHi Everyone,

For the last several years many of my Wanda fans and Distributors have asked me how they can order some of my cool Wanda t-shirts to show off their Wanda pride, or to promote my Wanda brand to their customers.

Well, I’m very happy to announce that beginning October 1st my newly designed online merchandise store, The Wanda Shop, will be open for business to Distributors and fans alike, where you can “shop ‘till you drop” by simply going to www.thewandashop.com. The Wanda Shop features a variety of great looking apparel and accessory items including jackets, shirts, hats and other gear—all branded with my Wanda logo!

You can also find links to access The Wanda Shop through my web and mobiles sites at wandarefinish.us. Be sure to visit the store often to check out new products being introduced and to take advantage of special seasonal discounts.

The Wanda Shop is just one more example of how my team is working hard to help make your Wanda experience the best it can be!

For more information about Wanda and Wanda Waterbase products, or to find out about upcoming events and more, visit www.wandarefinish.us. Or visit my Facebook page for quick updates at www.facebook.com/wandarefinish.

Until then,

Wanda Sponsors 13th Annual “Blue Suede Cruise” Event

Blue Suede Cruise 2014 eBlast

Hi Everyone, I’m pleased to announce that for the fourth straight year, the Wanda brand will be the title sponsor of the 13th Annual AkzoNobel Wanda Brand Blue Suede Cruise event July 18-20, 2014, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH!

Blue Suede Cruise is the largest Midwest street rod event of year—and one of the most fun, because it’s set to a retro 1950s theme—with hundreds of gleaming Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trick Trucks 1972 and older on display. In addition to the general car show, car buffs will enjoy a host of activities all weekend long, including:

  • Car Care Clinics hosted by Wanda
  • Quarter-mile Fun Runs
  • The Wanda Challenge Run
  • Exhibitor Booths
  • Wanda’s Coloring Land for Kids and Wanda Diner
  • Neon of Lights Parade with “Wanda” as Grand Marshall
  • Nitro Dragsters and Jet Cars
  • Live Concert with the “Van-Dells” and Fireworks Display
  • Major Door Prizes
  • Nostalgia Drag Racing Show
  • Vintage Fashion Show

I’m also proud to once again be a co-sponsor of the second annual Cruisin’ Times Hot Rod Build-Off, held in conjunction with Blue Suede Cruise. The Cruisin’ Times Hot Rod Build-Off was created in 2013 by Cruisin’ Times editor, John Shapiro, as a way for amateurs to try their hand at custom car building. Two candidates are chosen from a pool of submissions to participate in the yearlong project.

Gary Boron and Jim Hurst have been selected for the 2014 competition and will engage in a classic Ford and Chevy lover’s face-off. Gary will build a custom car using a Ford body from the years 1949 to 1953. Jim will build a custom Chevy using a body from the same time period—both to be painted in Wanda’s Blue Suede color.

The builders, along with the magazine’s editor, visited the Wanda team in Troy, MI, last December to learn how to properly spray the refinish system. Gary and Jim will drive their custom cars into Summit Motorsports Park on July 18th for show-goers to vote on the winning car. Good luck, gentlemen!

A complete schedule of events during Blue Suede Cruise will be available on the convenient Wanda mobile website at wandarefinish.us. For event updates throughout the weekend, visit my Wanda Facebook Page. With a weekend this jam-packed with activities for the whole family, you won’t want to miss out on this year’s Blue Suede Cruise. I hope to see you there! Until then,

Wanda Heads West for SEMA 2013


Hi Everyone,

The colors and cooler temperatures of the fall season are upon us and you know what that means…it’s time to head west for the annual SEMA car show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 5-8! We’re just a couple of days away until the show opens and I’m super excited because this year will be unlike any other.

I will be there with the Wanda team to introduce show attendees to the simplicity, color, and value of my Wanda refinish brand at the AkzoNobel Booth #25043. The booth is located in the South Hall’s popular Racing & Performance area and is designed in an open, free-flowing configuration, with modular kiosks strategically placed to highlight each of AkzoNobel’s SikkensLesonal, and Wanda brand refinish systems. At AkzoNobel, our research and technical experts are hard at work every day to ensure that no matter what size of job is required, our top-quality products will provide the performance, color match accuracy, and application-ease our customers depend on.

Of course, you can still expect to see my custom Wanda paint and finish stylings to be showcased on a brilliant Pacific Blue Karl Kustom Z06 ‘67 Coupe Corvette. And as always, I’ll be ready to sign autographs or snap my picture with Wanda fans throughout the week, so please stop by to say hello.

Be sure to get regular show updates on the Wanda Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wandarefinish.And don’t forget to check out my exciting new mobile website at www.wandarefinish.us, or wandarefinishmobile.com. See you there!

1 STOP Auto Body Supplies Hosts An Evening with Wanda

1 STOP Evening with Wanda Clinic 4.19.13
Hi Everyone,

On Friday, April 19, I had the pleasure of hosting an Evening with Wanda event at one of our newer California distributor locations at 1 Stop Auto Body Supplies in Riverside. Owners Ramon Martinez and Israel Hernandez invited their customers to come and enjoy the fresh “street tacos” cooked right onsite, and to participate in a fun afternoon of learning about Wanda brand products and its incredible simplicity, color and value platform.

California is a regulated market, so painters and shop owners were interested in hearing about how Wanda Waterbase can help them speed up production in the paint booth through easy application and a simplified system. Guests enjoyed the lively “Jeopardy” quiz game that taught important facts about the Wanda brand and the great prizes for answering the questions. And of course, I enjoyed signing autographs and taking pictures with new Wanda fans! Check out some of the pictures of the event in my Photo Gallery.

And this new distributor’s hard work is paying off because in just less than a year in business, they have new shops converting to Wanda each week. Here’s a little bit about their story:

For Ramon, the vision and desire to own his own company began while still an employee at another distributorship. While there he was introduced to AkzoNobel’s Wanda Waterbase refinish system. Intrigued by Wanda’s impressive Color Pro documentation tools, easy-to-use system and value pricing, he decided that if he ever owned his own business one day, he’d launch it with Wanda products.

Little did he know that his vision would become a reality just two months later in August 2012, when he and Israel, had the opportunity to launch 1 Stop Auto Body Supplies. It wasn’t long before the company’s growth necessitated a larger facility than the one they first launched their business from.

Ramon says, “We are excited about the company’s growth in such a short time and are grateful for the Wanda team’s great support. Our body shop customers really enjoy the ease-of-use and color match accuracy of Wanda Waterbase on both their small and complete repair jobs and feel like they’re getting a lot of value for the money.”

Today, 1 Stop Auto Body Supplies employs two other staff members and are committed to providing California’s southland with continued customer service excellence and segment-leading products.

Well, I’ve got a super busy summer event schedule planned, so be sure to check Facebook and Twitter for updates. For more information about Wanda brand products, visit our website.

Until then,


Wanda’s Spring Tour Round-Up

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Hi Everyone,

I’m on a short break after a whirlwind spring tour, so I wanted to bring you up-to-date on some of the fun events I was fortunate to participate in over the past few months.

In March I emceed four “Evening with Wanda” events in the northeast. First up was Paul’s Paint in Schofield, WI, then over to Auto Color Industrial Supply in St. Cloud, MN, followed up by 66 Auto Color in Joplin, MO, and Wholesale Auto Paint and Supply in Springfield, MO. All of the events were well attended and I met some terrific painters and shop owners who were eager to learn more about Wanda brand products. Our visit to MO was especially moving, because it was the anniversary date of the tornado disaster in Joplin one year ago. It was a humbling experience to see so much of the city still in ruins, yet we also witnessed the indelible spirit of the residents who are determined to rebuild their lives there.

April was a flurry of events beginning with a triple-header in Florida. LKQ Distributors held “Evening with Wanda” events in three of their warehouse locations — Medley, Fort Meyers, and Largo. Leaving the east coast, I headed to Fort Worth, TX, for the fun two-day “Home Run Celebration” trade show hosted by WM Automotive Warehouse. I signed lots of autographs for event goers, and even got an autograph from the former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman, Chad Hennings. From there I headed further west to Orem, UT, to host an “Evening with Wanda” event at Industrial Finishes and Systems.

The momentum kept building in May as I attended a daylong trade show hosted by Warehouse Distributor, PBE, in Sharonville, OH. Next, I hopped over to Warren, MI, for the 35th annual Bearing Burners Auto Club Car Show. Show attendees just couldn’t get enough of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering LTA concept car painted in Wanda’s custom Orange Mocha finish, and the Camaro proto-type painted in Wanda’s custom Black Matte finish, both on display. I then headed south again to Jacksonville, FL, to take part in the North Florida Autobody Association Golf Outing. I gave away lots of Wanda product literature and cool Wanda gear and coolers. The month wrapped up with an “Evening with Wanda” event at Two Guys Autobody in Florence, AL.

In June, I was excited to visit Canada to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Camaro Country F-Body Group, by participating in the club’s biggest event of the year, “Show N’ Shine,” in Fort Erie, Ontario. I brought the Lingenfelter concept cars with me to make the birthday bash complete!

Needless to say, I’ve had a great time travelling across the US and Canada to take part in fantastic events where I’ve met so many great distributors, body shop professionals, and car enthusiasts!  I’m thrilled to report that brand awareness and preference for Wanda and Wanda Waterbase refinish systems has grown dramatically over the last couple of years. No matter where I travel, I always hear great feedback about Wanda’s simplicitycolor, and value brand proposition.

Well, it’s good to be back at headquarters to re-charge, but it won’t be for long. I’ll be heading out soon to attend some exciting events coming up in July, so stay tuned and get regular updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time!



Live “Wanda” Brand Representative Interacts with Fans on Facebook and Twitter!

Wanda with WB Paint Can Photo SM 5.2011 (1)Hi Everyone,

We’ve been busier than ever since we announced the launch of the new Wanda Waterbase basecoat system! Enthusiasm is building as requests from painters, body shops and car enthusiasts keep streaming in for more information about the Low VOC waterborne products. As a result, I’ve decided that the fastest way to keep you up-to-date is to answer your questions through live interaction on Twitter and Facebook.

Whether it’s information you need about individual Wanda Waterbase or Wanda traditional solvent-based products, tips for best performance results, how to use our ColorPro system for unbelievable color accuracy, or when I’ll be appearing at a Wanda training session near you―simply post a note to my Facebook Wall, or send me a Tweet.

I’ll also be in touch soon to announce some exciting summer events and activities we have planned. So if you haven’t already, be sure to get connected on my Wanda Facebook and Twitter accounts today!

And remember – you can always find great information about the Wanda brand products atwww.wandarefinish.com! Be sure to check out my new live-animation video on the Wanda homepage.

Until next time,




Distributor Spotlights – Ron Fleenor, Fleaz Color Faktory

Ron Fleenor - Fleaz Color FaktoryFrom professional cartoonist in his teens, to renowned 30-year custom airbrush artist and global trainer, Ron Fleenor has always taken his “coloring” very seriously. That’s why he now carries AkzoNobel’s Wanda brand as the preferred line of car refinish products for his growing paint supply store, Fleaz Color Faktory, in Rock Hill, SC.

“I first learned about Wanda from a successful friend and jobber in California who was convinced I would love the products for my freelance custom paint business,” said Fleenor. “He was right. I was very impressed with the product line’s ease-of-use and excellent coverage. But what really blew me away was the depth and versatility of the color match and color tools that Wanda Refinish offers. I’ve never seen anything else that comes close to it.”

Soon after moving to Rock Hill, Fleenor found that he didn’t have ready access to paint supplies and had to travel to another county to get themthat’s when he decided to open his own store. Since bringing Wanda Refinish to Fleaz Color Faktory in 2010, his word-of-mouth business has sky-rocketed, serving a healthy mix of area body shops and do-it-yourself customers. Ron is now teaching airbrush and pin-striping classes at his store on a weekly basis to enthusiastic customers who sometimes drive more than four hours just to attend.

Fleenor adds, “There’s not too many paint store owners who have the in-field painting experience that I do. Whether my customers have questions about tinting, blending or color matching, I’m confident that my knowledge backed by Wanda’s quality performance and pricing, will meet their needs.”

To speak with Ron Fleenor about his experiences in the industry or with Wanda brand products, call 803-325-8679, or email him at fleazcolorfaktory@bellsouth.net.