Automotive Coatings

A Spa Treatment for Cars

The wellness centre for cars: 84 robots do all the spraying
Getting the color right on automobiles is incredibly important. Many people feel very connected to their cars and see them as an extension—or at least a reflection—of who they are. Appearance is therefore crucial. In many cases, the design of a vehicle is enhanced by the choice of paint applied to the surface—the color, sparkle, travel, and other special characteristics...

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Coating Solutions Enabling Advanced Automotive Technologies

2017 Citroen C3
The automotive industry is undergoing a significant transformation. Conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs) are being replaced by batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), and drivers will ultimately become passengers in autonomous vehicles (AVs). Coatings have an important role to play in making these new technologies possible. Beyond their traditional jobs of protecting automobile components from corrosion, abrasion, and ultraviolet (UV) degradation...

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Heavy-Duty Transportation Segment Driving Towards More Durable and Sustainable Coating Solutions

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While the passenger vehicle market has experienced weakening of demand in recent months, the market for heavy-duty vehicles remains healthy. Consequently, demand for coatings used on these vehicles and their components is also trending in a positive manner. Coatings that help increase application efficiency and productivity, offer improved durability, and meet evolving regulatory requirements for lower VOCs have the advantage....

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A Personal History of Automotive Coatings Systems

Close-up view of the old restored classic car.

I have been involved with automotive coatings for more than 40 years. When I started, car bodies were made of cold-rolled steel with little galvanized steel or plastic, primers mainly were spray-applied and many were alkyds, topcoats were low solids monocoats and some still were lacquers. Quality and appearance requirements were lower and surface defect and dirt levels were higher than they are today.

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Novel Metal-free Catalysts for Epoxy Carboxy Coatings

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A new class of metal-free catalysts has been developed that promotes the crosslinking reaction of epoxy functional polymers with carboxyl functional compounds and polymers. Particularly effective at much lower cure temperatures, these catalysts provide stable single package formulations and improved resistance properties. In addition, unlike amine-based compounds, these catalysts do not yellow during cure or on over-bake.

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New Urethane Diol Resin Modifiers for Improved Performance of Aminoplast Crosslinked Coatings

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New water-soluble urethane diol resins have been developed to be used as resin modifiers for waterborne  coatings systems crosslinked with amino resins. These urethane diols are a multipurpose chemical species that can be utilized to enhance performance properties as well as resolve some of the common issues experienced when formulating waterborne systems.

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Advances in Robotics Improving Car Painting

Smart Painting
Automation in manufacturing can provide many benefits, from reduced risk of human error to greater worker safety. For the automotive coating process, use of robotic systems can also improve the paint quality while reducing waste. J-CO America, the U.S. branch of Italian company Geico, a global supplier of turnkey automated automotive coating and painting systems, has incorporated robotic painting with...

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