By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Automotive | Issue: December 2013
Brad McKisick, owner of Auto Paint Supply in Claremore, purchased the hometown business in May of this year.
Brad McKisick has been involved in the auto paint and body industry since high school – that’s almost 37 years. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to purchase an auto paint supply store in Claremore, the Rogers County native jumped at the chance to continue the previous owner’s commitment to good service and quality, affordable products. “The previous owners started their business on Highway 20 East in 1996,” McKisick says. “They moved into the current location at 125 W. 1st St. – almost directly across from the Claremore Police Department – 12 years ago.”
Auto Paint Supply had already established a friendly reputation for taking care of their customers’ needs when it comes to finding the right paint and supplies to complete the job. “We are committed to the same,” he adds. “We want to help people finish their project at a reasonable price.”
McKisick took ownership of the hometown business on May 1, 2013. “We are family owned and take pride in offering one-on-one help to our customers,” he says. “We have a knowledgeable staff that goes to great lengths to make sure our customers are satisfied.”
Sometimes, research is required to find the code needed to get the correct color match, especially on older vehicles. When the color code cannot be located on the vehicle itself, the staff turns to a color code book as well as the computer to find the formula necessary to create the perfect paint match for each customer’s needs.
McKisick believes it’s important to offer advice and steer the customer in the right direction, whether it is the correct paint or the other supplies needed for the job. “We get a lot of do-it-yourselfers in here,” he says. This is especially important for do-it-yourselfers who may have not completed an auto body project for 20 or 30 years. “EPA and Hazmat standards have changed,” he says. “In fact, the industry has changed a lot. We are able to help them understand the new standards.”
Auto Paint Supply offers Matrix paint products and is the only authorized dealer for this area. “It is very good paint for the price and its quality is comparable to the top five in the industry,” he says. “In fact, it is the only one totally made in America and is substantially less expensive than the other five, but we believe it is the best product.”
Customers will also find everything at Auto Paint Supply to complete the job from start to finish, including sandpaper, bonding, Flash, masking paper, Dura-Blocks, primers, thinner, paint guns and much more. In addition to Matrix, brands the store carries include 3M, Norton, SEM and Wanda.
“We’re very aware and very cautious about keeping our prices affordable,” he adds, “so our customers don’t have to drive to Tulsa.” Customers have been known to drive from Nowata, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Tahlequah, Vinita, Locust Grove, and Owasso and from as far away as Coffeyville, Kansas to get the supplies they need to repaint their vehicle. In addition, owners of motorcycles, boats and jet skis can also purchase all of the necessary supplies to meet their painting needs. “We’ve even had several people purchase paint to redo their kitchen cabinets,” McKisick adds. “Recently, someone purchased red to do the cabinets in their house.”
Auto Paint Supply is the place to find the paint and supplies for your project needs. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can find Auto Paint Supply on Facebook. “Like” their page and check back frequently for updates and auto body and paint related articles.
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.