AkzoNobel Puts The Blue Back Into Bluebird

The restoration of Donald Campbell’s record-breaking hydroplane, Bluebird, is complete thanks to AkzoNobel and its marine brand, International, which supplied the project with Perfection Pro paint in the vessel’s original shade of blue.

“We spent 10 years being supplied with samples of nearly, but not-quite versions of Bluebird blue, RAL 5009, however it wasn’t until we uncorked our tins of Perfection Pro that we actually clapped eyes on her true colour. Now that was impressive,” said Bluebird restoration project leader, Bill Smith.

Bluebird crashed on Coniston Water in 1967. Decades later, diver and enthusiast Smith took a keen interest in the story and conducted extensive searches over a period of four years. He located and salvaged the wreckage in 2001. Together with a team of volunteers, Smith restored Bluebird at a workshop in the northeast of England.

The hydroplane was blasted and coated with AkzoNobel’s International Interzinc 72 protective coating and Interpon 610 TGIC-free polyester powder coating. The bodywork was rebuilt and completed using Cromadex 903 Etch Primer, Cromadex 750 Grey Primer and International Perfection Pro yacht topcoat.

“I’m very proud that we’re able to be part of this incredible restoration project,” said Chris Panton, Area Sales Manager, AkzoNobel Cromadex Newcastle. “The Cromadex team has been a part of the project for several years, supplying various products from AkzoNobel’s extensive portfolio of liquid and powder coatings.”

Fifty years after Campbell died trying to break his own water speed record, Bluebird is making a return to the water this UK summer. The hydroplane will be taken to Loch Fad on the Isle of Bute in Scotland for personnel training in launching, landing, lifting, and piloting, as well as to check for hull leaks. Eventually the team hopes to display the boat at speed on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

PPG Introduces Next Generation Deltron Paint System

The transition to new global branding has provided PPG with the opportunity to introduce next-generation primers, clearcoats, thinners, hardeners and additives to the Deltron paint system.

While the tinter formulations and current tinter number system remain the same, PPG says the comprehensive update has added more flexibility, productivity and speed across the board.

Even though the updated Deltron paint system comes with global technology, PPG’s commitment to local manufacturing ensures the system continues to be made locally from high quality raw materials formulated by the R&D team within PPG’s Clayton headquarters.

As part of the process – which involved customer feedback – the products have been specifically tuned to meet local needs in terms of application, performance and long-term durability. For example, the clearcoats have been formulated with plenty of UV absorber to help them cope with harsh local conditions.

PPG says a lot of thought also went into the new global branding, declaring it logical, clear and convenient for painters. Each product type now uses a different colour, as well as product codes that feature two letters followed by three numbers. The first letter is ‘D’ for Deltron, while the second indicates the product type: C – Clearcoat, P – Primer, H – Hardener, T – Thinner, and A – Additive. This logical labelling continues for hardeners and thinners where the last two digits of the product code signify the temperature/speed that it’s intended to be used at. For example, ‘20’ is medium range designed for 20°C to 30°C, or spot repairs at high temperatures.

PPG says that more than ever, the new generation thinners and hardeners are a key feature of the Deltron paint system. Most of the thinners and hardeners (in a variety of temperature ranges) are shared across nearly all the primers and clearcoats. As well as being convenient, it also keeps the entire Deltron paint system compact and reduces customer stock holdings.

In addition, a specialised thinner now provides the option for an accelerated mode which can be used on all three clearcoats and some primers when a job needs to be pushed through quickly.

PPG says the new primer formulations give repairers the ability to tackle any job or substrate with speed and efficiency. As well as the convenience of sharing thinners and hardeners across most of the range, the products also provide excellent Wet-On-Wet (WOW) options and spectral grey shades to help improve topcoat coverage.

The primer range includes:

  • DP618 PrimaBUILD
  • DP602 PrimaPRIME
  • DP620 PrimaSEAL
  • DP612 EtchPRIME
  • DP614 EpoxyPRIME
  • DP616 EpoxyTHANE
  • PrimaGUARD (DP621 PrimaGUARD G1, DP625 PrimaGUARD G5, DP627 PrimaGUARD G7)

To provide the finishing touch, three new clear coats provide an option for every application. In addition to easily recognised naming, all these clearcoats share thinners, hardeners and mixing ratios. There is the option of an accelerated mode (down to as little as 15-minute bake time) by using a specific thinner.

The clearcoat range includes:

  • DC501 OptiCLEAR
  • DC516 GenCLEAR
  • DC527 SprintCLEAR

The new Deltron primers, clearcoats, hardeners, thinners and additives will be arriving soon and will be noticeable thanks to the fresh branding, while the tinter range will switch to new branding once existing stock runs out. While a new look is the giveaway, PPG says customers will quickly find that the updated Deltron paint system gives them everything they need in a proven solvent-borne solution that maximises performance, productivity, ease of use and dependability.

For further information contact your local PPG representative.

Ferrari Introduces The World’s First Low-Bake Paint Technology

Thanks to an on-going collaboration with PPG, Ferrari has introduced an innovative low temperature paint system, making the Prancing Horse the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new Low Cure clear coat technology.

The new two-component paint system incorporates a specially formulated clear coat which makes it possible for the car to be baked at 100°C instead of 150°C, cutting energy costs and enhancing the sustainability of the process.

The Low Cure resins contain a new hardener which enhances the chemical and mechanical resistance of the coating. The new formula also boosts cross-coat linking which simultaneously increases chemical hydrophobicity and reduces water permeability.

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.

Thanks to the new technology, Ferrari has industrialised a process to produce at least 61 different basecoat colours by combining metallic basecoats with a gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.

Nissan To Use Ultra-Strong, High-Formability Steel In More Vehicles

Nissan will expand the use of a new type of steel that enhances fuel efficiency and driving performance by lowering vehicle weight.

First seen in the Infiniti QX50 midsize SUV, the new material combines high tensile strength with a previously unachievable degree of formability, resulting in lighter vehicles that can help lower emissions.

Featuring a tensile strength of 980MPa, the material was jointly developed by Nissan and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. While maintaining the ability to absorb energy in a collision, the steel’s combination of stamping formability and strength makes it possible to form complex shapes that are thinner and lighter than those made of conventional high tensile strength steel. The ability for the steel to be cold pressed makes it suitable for mass production which will help contain increases in vehicle costs.

According to Nissan, the Infiniti QX50, which went on sale in the US in March, is the world’s first vehicle with front and rear side members made from 980MPa ultra-high tensile strength steel. The material is also used in a range of other body frame parts.

Nissan launched a sustainability plan in June that calls for lowering CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 40 per cent by 2022, compared with 2000. The company is aggressively developing technologies to expand the use of ultra-high tensile strength steel, aiming for it to make up 25 per cent of the company’s ‘vehicle parts by weight’. The material makes up 27 per cent of the new QX50.

Erebus Motorsport Promotes World Environment Day

To mark the UN’s World Environment Day (5 June), Erebus Motorsport took the opportunity, at the unveiling of its latest Supercars chassis, to highlight the team’s green credentials.

As part of the long-term partnership the team enjoys with PPG, the freshly fabricated chassis was painted by Max Medhurst Crash Repairs in Mount Gambier, using PPG’s ENVIROBASE High Performance waterborne basecoat system. According to PPG, the technology boasts eco-friendly, low-VOC characteristics and features many benefits including outstanding colour capability.

AkzoNobel Combines Digital Tools For Better Colour-Matching

A new standard in quick and reliable advanced colour-matching is available to vehicle body shops after AkzoNobel combined two of its most innovative tools into a single system.

The new offering combines the company’s Automatchic hand-held spectrophotometer with its MIXIT digital colour retrieval technology. Now known as Automatchic in MIXIT, the system creates a single, seamless workflow which allows customers to precisely identify any colour from an ever-expanding database of more than two million.

“We’re always looking for new ways to help our vehicle refinish customers access digital colour technology and gain maximum advantage from our expertise,” explained Peter Tomlinson, Director of AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business.

“Our huge cloud database of more than two million colours means we can provide the perfect colour match and formula, optimized for any individual vehicle. With Automatchic in MIXIT, customers can now measure and match colour with superior accuracy even faster, making it a valuable asset for any vehicle refinish body shop.”

Tailor-made to streamline operations, Automatchic in MIXIT’s ability to improve both accuracy and speed helps to increase profitability and throughput while reducing waste. This is part of AkzoNobel’s commitment to deliver 100 per cent digital colour solutions for its vehicle refinishes customers.

For more information, visit Colorvation.com

Axalta To Exhibit Latest Spray Guns And Consultancy Programs At Autocare 2018

Axalta Coating Systems will be exhibiting at the inaugural Autocare 2018 Convention to be held on the 4-5 May at Darling Harbour’s International Convention Centre in Sydney. Located at Booth H13, the exhibit space will feature Sagola spray guns and Axalta Services Programs, with an opportunity to win great prizes for the most engaged attendee.

Axalta will present the latest additions to its spray gun range from Sagola plus Axalta Services consultancy programs. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to launch two new Sagola spray guns, the gravity fed 3300 GTO CAR Spray Gun plus the industrial  4100 Xtreme Suction Spray Gun.  Each gun will complement Sagola’s already well-established spray gun portfolio, which will also be on display.  In addition, Axalta Services will be there to answer any consultancy based questions, providing advice and recommendations regarding helping business to improve profitability and promoting up and coming courses, such as Repair Planning and Recruitment.

“Axalta, in alignment with Autocare 2018, will focus on providing the latest in refinish products and services, global industry trends and best practice Lean processes,” explained Paul Polverino, Axalta’s National Training Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “There will also be great prizes to be won, with a Limited Edition Sagola Scrambler Spray Gun up for grabs.”

Autocare 2018 is an education-led event designed to allow automotive professionals to see the latest products and technologies, keynote addresses and plenary discussions, as well as take part in live training sessions delivered by local and international experts. The event will be a great opportunity to network and gain industry knowledge aimed at helping businesses to grow. You can register to attend Autocare 2018 at no charge by visiting www.autocare.org.au.

For more information on Axalta and its products and services go to www.axalta.com.au or call 1800 292 582.

New Cromax Accelerator Speeds Up Air-Drying

Cromax has developed a new accelerator that helps Cromax High Productive Surfacers dry faster at ambient temperatures.

High Productive Accelerator AZ1050 changes the drying properties of High Productive Surfacer 1051R (white) and High Productive Surfacer 1057R (black) to cut air-drying times from 60 minutes to 30 minutes at 20°C, which is especially effective during the cooler months of the year.

“It’s important to us to support our refinishers’ aim of increased throughput and productivity, and the introduction of a dedicated High Productive Accelerator for our High Productive Surfacers certainly does just that,” said Jim Iliopoulos, Axalta’s Product and Technical Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “High Productive Accelerator AZ1050 is mixed with the High Productive Surfacers, for up to three coats, wet-on-wet with no flash-off times. This eliminates between 10 and 20 minutes of unproductive flash-off time, significantly improves the speed of overall application and drying, and makes the refinish process more efficient and economical, whilst also helping to save energy.”

The High Productive Surfacer is mixed with the VHS Fast Activator XK203 and High Productive Accelerator AZ1050 in a ratio of 5:1:2. This accelerated primer system has excellent vertical stability.

High Productive Surfacer 1051R (white) and High Productive Surfacer 1057R (black) are part of the ValueShade concept, which helps to deliver the optimal undercoat for every topcoat colour. Different shades of grey are matched to different topcoat colours, delivering a combination that requires less paint. All Cromax colour retrieval tools specify the right ValueShade for every topcoat, which can minimise preparation time, increase colour hiding, decrease paint consumption and help to reap improved productivity and profitability.

Cromax Launches New Ultra Performance Energy Clear

Cromax, one of the premium brands of Axalta Coating Systems, has launched a new high-quality, low-energy clear that dries in five minutes at 60°C. The new Ultra Performance Energy Clear CC6700 is the most productive clear available from Cromax. Parts can be assembled after only 15 minutes, and it also dries at room temperature, so body shops need very little energy to work with it.

Body shops no longer have to choose between a top appearance and high output with CC6700, they can have both. Extensive field tests of Ultra Performance Energy Clear CC6700 have demonstrated high productivity and an exceptional, mirror like finish. Compared to conventional clear coats, CC6700 significantly reduces the energy consumption of a typical paint job either in a short bake cycle or in curing at room temperature.

“We wanted to offer body shops a practical solution to improve their work processes,” said John Nettleton, Cromax Product and Colour Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “Based on a new resin technology, it is the only top appearance clear coat to dry this quickly. It will help body shops maximise their output, whilst making significant energy savings without any extra investment.”

The new Ultra Performance Energy Clear CC6700 is conveniently available in a five-litre pack size. It is easy to apply in 1.5 coats and be used in conjunction with one of two Cromax activators – the AR7702 Energy Activator Standard or AR7703 Energy HT/HH Activator.

It is now available from your nearest Cromax distributor or visit www.cromax.com.au/CC6700.

Axalta Demonstrates Its Military Coatings Capability In Partnership With Rheinmetall

Earlier this year, Axalta Coating Systems’ head office in Sydney, had the opportunity to host Rheinmetall Defence Australia, to learn more about the company’s plans to establish a national military vehicle industry in Australia that included a hands-on demonstration of their Boxer CRV.

Axalta’s customers plus a network of local suppliers were briefed on the importance of establishing strong military business partnerships in Australia and the opportunities it presents to the economy, local businesses, manufacturing and job growth.

Rheinmetall also delivered the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (Boxer CRV) to Axalta’s Riverstone facility, acknowledging the three-year partnership between both companies. This journey began with Axalta providing Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) coating products for Australian military logistic vehicles being produced as part of the Australian government’s LAND 121 Phase 3B Defence Programme. Rheinmetall is one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology, including wheeled and tracked military vehicles, weapons, ammunition, simulation solutions, command and control technology, force protection systems and sensors.