The choice of materials is surely one of the main drivers of innovation in the automobile sector in recent decades, and probably for years to come. A lighter car to consume less energy, more reliable to enhance passenger safety, more robust to last longer, easier recycling of materials. A modern medium-sized car with a weight of 1 ton contains about 15% of plastic: spoiler, bumpers, instrument panel, lighting and other components.
Eco-car will become a reality over the next 50 years: ultra-light electric vehicles can increase up to 20 times the opportunities from the energy that today is used by a car in the city. Decreasing up to 1000 times the emissions harmful to the environment. Over time the car will weight less than 500 Kg.
The car manufacturers will invest in new materials for their car design. This will impact repairers that will have to upgrade their equipment and repair methods.
How to treat plastics
To paint properly a plastic substrate we recommend to follow the ATech™ procedure for“PRIMED PLASTIC REFINISHING”that shows step by step the process.
Paint prep STEP 1: Solvent test factory-primer, if insoluble proceed to step 2. If it is soluble remove the primer and follow the“Unprimed Plastic Parts”procedure.
STEP 2: Wash the surface (inside and outside) with a mild detergent in hot water and rinse well.
STEP 3: Scuff sand using a grey scuff pad along with USP90 Scuffing Gel, paying close attention to small grooves and depressions.
STEP 4: Thoroughly rinse off the scuffing agent with clean water and completely dry the surface.
STEP 5: Before masking clean the plastic part with DAL 238 Antisilicone Degreaser 238.0077 or 153 Silicon Remover 162.0153.Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.
Paint application STEP 6: Before starting to spray, clean again with Antistatic Cleaner 150.0159.Wipe immediately dry with clean, dry cloths. Use a Tack-Cloth to remove dust.
STEP 7:Apply 1 full even wet coat of HPP Sealer.Allow HPP Sealer to flash handslick before topcoating.
STEP 8: Apply AWX Waterborne Basecoat.
STEP 9: Apply HP Rapid Clearcoat 110.0700 or HP Clearcoat 110.0710 or UHP Plus Clearcoat 110.0720 per “Limited Flash-WOW” Clearcoat technique.