AkzoNobel’s Sikkens and Lesonal vehicle refinish brands have launched a new generation of fillers which the company says helps to significantly improve productivity while lowering energy costs.
Known as Sikkens Autosurfacer Optima and Lesonal 2K Ultimate Filler, the fast-drying filler systems have been developed to deliver these benefits without compromising on quality.
“Spiralling costs are among the biggest threats to body shops in the current economic climate,” said Patrick Bourguignon, Director of AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business.
“The new fillers have been developed to help our customers accelerate repair performance while tackling some of the major challenges they face.”
Fast-drying at ambient temperatures, infrared and 60-degrees-Celsius curing, the new products accelerate cycle times, freeing up space in spray booths and lowering energy costs by up to 85 per cent, compared with a conventional filler requiring pre-treatment and 60-degrees-Celsius curing. In combination with the one-stop application method, it can also result in up to 80 per cent shorter process times when drying with infrared, allowing body shops to complete more jobs in a standard workday.
“In addition to the time and energy savings, less paint is needed for each repair, and there’s less waste from not having to sand off as much material, so it makes for much more sustainable repairs,” said Rob Lagendijk, Product Management Director for the Automotive and Specialty Coatings business.
AkzoNobel said other benefits include enhanced corrosion protection, eliminating the need for time-consuming pre-treatment and allowing technicians to start jobs immediately, reducing the overall cost of repair.