“With the addition of the basecoat to our product lineup, we are giving our customers a high-quality, value-priced option for their work,” said J.J. Wirth, PPG brand manager, fleet segments. “We wanted this basecoat to be just as easy to use as a single-stage topcoat—and it is; very little training time is needed. It’s also durable and has an attractive price point. I think our customers will be as pleased with it as we are.”
Delfleet Essential Basecoat provides enhanced durability the company said. When used with ESC621 clearcoat, a three-year warranty is offered. In addition PPG said the new basecoat features faster dry speeds than single-stage topcoats to help shops increase productivity and efficiency. The fast dry times make it ideal for two-tone jobs or striping. Since the basecoat is mixed from the same color formula as the single-stage, lower shop inventory is possible.
The new basecoat also expands the product line’s color palette. Delfleet Essential now has pearl color capability as a basecoat, which must be clearcoated with ESC621, along with solids and metallic colors. To keep the Delfleet Essential line efficient and to keep mixing easy, both the new basecoat and single-stage topcoats can be mixed from the same ESSS color formula. The ESSS color is mixed with a new basecoat converter and new hardener. The decision to mix a color as a single-stage or basecoat is made when the paint technician is ready to spray.