Sixty-one different basecoats were produced with low bake technologies by combining a metallic base coat with a pigmented clear coat available in a glossy, matte, and pigmented version.
Up until now, Ferrari has been using a water-based coat with a quick polymerization reaction and high moisture resistance to create a stronger surface layer.
PPG immediately formulated a two-component Low Cure resin. By developing a new resin hardener which incorporates Low Cure temp 2K clear coats, the chemical and mechanical resistance performance has been improved. It also enabled higher polishing endurance performance.
Adding a specially formulated 2K clear coat crosslinker to the resin allowed an increase in chemical hydrophobicity and decreased water permeability. It is now possible for the car to be baked at 100 degrees instead of 150 degrees.
This Low Cure process has new benefits, which include:
- Introduction of multi-substrates in Ferrari future models (Carbon Fiber);
- Greater sustainability by using a low energy process for powdered basecoats, clear coats and primers;
- Lowered production costs and increased environmental saving;
- Simplified color harmony if both body and bumpers are painted with the same products
“This is a new process for PPG and for Ferrari. We are at the beginning of what is going to be a revolution in the Automotive Coatings. We are very proud to have launched this new innovative and sustainable technology for our customer,” said Rudi Saporiti, Global Automotive director, FCA & Auto Market.