VCC student Theo Abril becomes Canada’s top student car painter

Help us welcome THEO ABRIL to our team while he completes his apprenticeship hours. Theo is enrolled at Vancouver Community College (VCC) in their Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program.

“What do you want to do?”

Like most other high school grads, Theodore (Theo) Abril recently faced this question. He liked computers and video games. He thought maybe he’d work in information technology or engineering. He also liked photography. Then his friends started getting interested in cars.

Fast-forward a couple years and Theo is standing on the Skills Canada podium as the country’s top student car painter – not a bad start to his new career.

We look forward to watching him continue to grow his skills and we’re very excited to witness the great things he will accomplish in his apprenticeship. Theo currently works out of our Vancouver East Express shop.

Check out this link to read an article that details the accomplishments Theo has already achieved.

Ribbon-cutting Officially Opens Colorworks Auto body Center in Port Elgin

From the Saugeen Times by Sandy Lindsay – June 27, 2022
Colorworks Port Elgin
Mayor Luke Charbonneau (R) cuts the official ribbon Photo courtesy of Chamber of Commerce by Christine Mitchell


Although Colorworks Express Autobody Centre has been in its new facility since September, 2021, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony with Saugeen Shores Mayor and dignitaries  was held on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

The traditional ‘housewarming plant’ – (L) Vice-Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt, Jessica Carter (Executive VP of Colorworks Canada), Lexi Primeau (General Manager and Operating Partner), Mayor Luke Charbonneau and Colorworks President and CEO Kevin Carter – photo by Chamber of Commerce Christine Mitchell


Colorworks owners, partners and staff
Colorworks owners, partners and staff

“When it comes to vehicle care and repair, we do it all,” says Jessica Carter, Executive VP of Colorworks Canada, and whose father Kevin is President and CEO Colorworks Canada, “and we simply outgrew our space in the auto mall.  We also brought in new product lines to complement our vehicle protection service of Krown undercoating to include Ceramic Pro and Line-X.”

Protection for outdoor furniture

Technician Jake Greig explains that Line-X is a resin that completely provides a protective seal particularly when it comes to truck beds.

“What people don’t realize however, is that Line-X can also be used to protect outdoor furniture.  In Niagara Falls for instance, all their outdoor furniture is Line-X protected for all-weather protection.”

Many owners of classic cars are now also wanting to have their prized vehicles ceramic coated to protect them.  With Ceramic Pro, the protective glass-shield makes the surface extremely glossy and sleek, preventing bird droppings, tar, dirt, stains, etc. from bonding.

“While we are a one-stop centre for auto-body needs,” adds Jessica Carver, “our painting facility has also accommodated things such as kitchen cabinetry, headboards and wicker furniture to name only a few.  We can provide a professional painted surface to almost anything.”

Throughout the Spring and Summer months, the Centre has a staff of some ten technicians while, during winter with its weather conditions that create a high collision time of year, staff is increased to 15 or more.

Colorworks Express Autobody Centre is now located in the Port Elgin Industrial Park at 1230 Wellington Street. Drop by, say hi to the staff and ask how they can meet your needs.


On July 16th, 2021 the Port Elgin Rotary Club held it’s 25th Annual Golf Classic at the beautiful Saugeen Golf Club. Proceeds from the day ($20,000) went to the Huron Shores Hospice. In these days of lockdowns and social distancing, a beautiful day on the links for a great cause was a welcomed distraction.

Colorworks has been an enthusiastic and passionate supporter of the Port Elgin Rotary Club for decades. Our very own Jessica Carter (Colorworks Regional Director of Ontario Operations) is the current President and her father, Kevin Carter (Colorworks CEO) was a past president.

In the past 25 years, the Port Elgin Rotary has raised over 1.5 million dollars for Muscular Dystrophy.

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world. Colorworks is proud to support the Port Elgin Rotary.

To donate and support the great work the Port Elgin Rotary does, please follow this link.

To donate to the Huron Shores Hospice, please follow this link.


What is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?

What is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?

Paintless dent repair or paintless dent removal is a form of repairing dents on auto-bodies without damaging the original paint of the vehicle and depending on the severity of the dent, PDR can be a same-day service.

It is mostly used to repair small and minor dents and can remove a wide range of damages on steel, aluminum, and high strength steel panels.

PDR requires a very high level of coordination skill between hand and eye and is done without grinding, sanding, or using a body filler and repainting a car, and can be used in areas such as panel dents.

Benefits of Paintless dent repair:

  1. Maintain original paint
  2. Retain original parts
  3. No Carfax history report
  4. Quick Turnaround time
  5. Environmentally friendly solution
  6. Save Money
  7. No harm to your vehicle (least invasive way of repairing minor dents)
  8. Approved by all insurance companies

What are the requirements for PDR?

  1. PDR Tools such as Rods, Hocks, whale tails, flat bars, etc.
  2. Special PDR light

What are the steps of PDR?

  1. Damage Assessment: Proper damage assessment must be done based on size, depth, and location of the dent, metal of the vehicle, year, make and model of the vehicle, and accessibility to the dent.
  1. Choosing the right tools, accessories, and techniques based on the assessment
  2. Gaining access from the backside of the panel
  3. Setting-up a professional PDR light board
  4. Massaging the dent out

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Replacing your bumper after an accident

If you’ve been in a collision and need a new bumper, there are many things to think about. The biggest consideration when choosing a bumper is the material, but the size and shape of the bumper are also important. In this blog post, we’ve put together some important things to consider when you need a new bumper.

Bumper Materials

Plastic – most bumpers on vehicles are plastic. They are the most cost-effective option but can be difficult to fix and often times the entire bumper needs to be replaced when in a collision.

Steel – older vehicles typically have original steel bumpers. Steel is very durable but it is very heavy and comes with the potential for rust and corrosion.

Fiberglass – this is a very common material used by a lot of newer cars these days. It is lightweight and durable, virtually unaffected by the elements, and is easy to sand and paint, making scratches easy to fix. The biggest downside is fiberglass tends to crack rather easily, which is not the greatest quality, especially if you are prone to fender benders or backing into things.

Carbon Fiber – carbon fiber is another durable and lightweight material, commonly used in bumpers on luxury cars because it is more expensive than other types of materials.

Aluminum – another lightweight option that is safe from the elements and used on many luxury cars like Teslas. The only downside is that they may not fair well for off-roading, as they won’t win in a fight against rocky terrain.

Testing the Bumper

At Colorworks Autobody, we test the fit and colour of the bumper before we fit it onto your car or truck to ensure it matches. While most auto body shops just slap the bumper on, we take the time to ensure that the bumper works for your vehicle before welding and painting. This ensures the bumper is best equipped for your vehicle for long-lasting quality and your car or truck is returned to you looking great.