Ferrari Claims World First with New Paint Technology
Ferrari has introduced a new low temperature paint system, which it says makes the Prancing Horse the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new low cure clear coats technology.
Developed in collaboration with American paint specialist PPG, the new two-component paint system incorporates a specially formulated clear coat which makes it possible for the car to be baked at 100 degrees instead of 150 degrees, thereby cutting energy costs and also improving the sustainability of the process.
The low cure resins contain a new hardener that is claimed enhances the chemical and mechanical resistance of the coating. The new formula also boosts “cross-coat linking”, which reportedly reduces water permeability and therefore makes the new paint more water-repellent.
Additionally, the new solution makes it possible to bake carbon-fibre and composite components together with the bodyshell, resulting in colour uniformity between the various body components.
Using the new technology, Ferrari says it has already industrialised a process to produce no fewer than 61 different basecoat colours by combining metallic basecoats with a gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.