New DNA Hydrographic Activator

For all you Hydro dip shops that struggle to find a commercially available activator that works and at a decent price… here it is. Available to purchase now through your local DNA Distributor, or online.

DNAâ„¢ Hydrographic Activator is a professional grade product, for activating hydrographic films. Designed to liquidise even the most demanding of films with ease, producing reliable wrapping ability, and perfect rinse qualities. DNA Hydrographic Activator is very economical as only a single application is required at low air pressure. this equals less product use, less film distortion and better dipping results.

-Fast acting formula
-Great colour retention
-Easy rinse technology
-Flatter film finishes

Manufactured in a by DNA™ Custom Paints, Australia’s leading custom paints manufacturer. This is a quality activator built from the ground up so you are getting a quality product with no shortcuts taken or critical ingredients left out!

Priced so well you can focus on dipping rather than trying to be a backyard chemist! You can find your local distributor and order online.

Standox Calendar 2017: A Meeting Of Generations

Generations of Colour is the new Standox wall calendar for 2017. The 12 images are like a meeting of automotive generations, with classic cars shown alongside current models. It’s a portrayal of shapes and colours that will appeal not just to car enthusiasts.

Contrasting classic models with today’s reincarnations has a certain appeal – it may conjure nostalgia for cars driven in the past. Developments in technology and the defining spirit of each era are apparent in the changing shape of the bodywork. In many cases, the classic and current model really only share the same name, but sometimes the family resemblance is unmistakable, such as with the Porsche 911.

These resemblances are particularly marked when car manufacturers have deliberately adopted special design elements from the original classic, as is the case for the VW Beetle, the Fiat 500 or the Mercedes SLS. What is also noticeable in this family reunion is that today’s models are all distinctly larger.

This automotive leap in time is the central theme of the Standox 2017 calendar Generations of Colour, created by photographer Ramon Wink from Bad Ems, Germany. Prompted by a good dose of irony, all images also share another theme. They are all photographed in backdrops that are considered to be typically German: a Bavarian beer garden, a traditional sausage stand, a romantic snow-covered Christmas market. Sometimes it is only something small that gives the images their German character, for example a couple of German Shepherd dogs, cardboard cut-outs from the Mainz Carnival or the dense thicket of signs seen on German motorways.

For over 30 years, Standox has commissioned renowned German photographers to create the brand’s wall calendar. It is not commercially available, distributed only to customers and friends of the Wuppertal refinish brand.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Double Wing Door 1956 with a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Double Wing Door 2011

 

VW Beetle Bus T1 1956 with a VW Bus 2016

Mazda Develops “Soul Red Crystal” Colour

Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a new body colour, Soul Red Crystal, to symbolise its ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design. The new colour will debut on the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, on sale in Japan from February next year, before being rolled out to new and existing models. In the belief that “colour is an element of form,” Mazda has focused on developing colours that highlight the beauty and quality of its KODO designs.

Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red that balances vibrant energy and vividness with clear depth and gloss. It boasts 20 per cent greater colour saturation and 50 per cent more depth than Soul Red, for a fresher, lustrous transparence. The paint retains a simple three-layer structure comprising clear, translucent and reflective coats, but represents an evolution of Mazda’s Takuminuri painting technology.

Takuminuri gives mass-production vehicles a precise, high-quality finish that looks like it has been hand-sprayed by a master craftsman. It has been used previously with Soul Red and Machine Gray. The new paint’s translucent layer features a newly developed highly saturated red pigment for a richer red. In addition to high-brilliance, extremely thin aluminum flakes, the reflective coat features light-absorbing flakes that intensify shaded areas and make it possible to achieve a depth of colour that previously required two layers.

The aluminum flakes were made a uniform size, the consistency of the paint was enhanced and a technique to shrink the volume of paint during the drying process was employed. This results in even, smooth coverage of the aluminum and light-absorbing flakes on the car’s body and more precise control of light reflection, making for a substantially deeper and more vivid colour.

This coat structure technology combines colouring and functionality, enabling Mazda to apply Soul Red Crystal, a designer colour that would usually require more layers, in the same environmentally friendly paint shops that produce its regular body colours. In the belief that “colour is an element of form,” Mazda will continue to develop new colours and paint technologies, and work to be a brand that maintains a strong emotional connection with customers.

BASF And Hyundai Motor Showcase RN30 Concept Car At K Fair

A new concept vehicle jointly developed by BASF and Hyundai Motor combines key solutions from the chemical industry with purposeful aerodynamic design and specialized high-performance technologies. Both companies will present outstanding features of the RN30 Concept Car at the 2016 K Fair in Dusseldorf from 19-26 October.

“We are very proud to be a vital part of the RN30,” said Raimar Jahn, President of Performance Materials at BASF. “Based on our great partnership and our innovation power, Hyundai Motor has invited us to demonstrate the capabilities of our materials in this unique concept.” This new Concept Car was created to offer pure driving pleasure on the race track for everybody. BASF’s material solutions helped Hyundai to realize even the most daring design ideas based on its impressive product portfolio and car enthusiasm.

Lightweight plastics for efficient performance

As a racing machine designed for race tracks, it is essential for the RN30 to be lightweight and have a low center of gravity in order to swiftly cover the steep corners of the track. While high-performance cars generally contain carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) to reduce weight, the partners moved away from the fixed idea of using CFRP. Instead they explored new lightweight materials by BASF suitable for high-performance cars as alternative.

For example, due to their outstanding flowability, BASF’s Elastolit® rigid integral foam and reaction injection molding (RIM) systems developed for body panels permit the realization of even those most challenging designs like the fender and spoiler of the RN30. Combining high quality with low weight, they can even directly be painted thanks to their Class A surface. The RN30 also features semi-structural sandwich solutions for the trunk floor, providing a considerable weight reduction as well as a highly efficient production process. BASF’s Elastoflex® E, a spray impregnation polyurethane for very light and stiff sandwich structures consisting of a long-fiber reinforced surface layer and a paper honeycomb is the ideal material for these applications.

Durable materials for maximum safety

When driving at maximum speed, drivers have to rely on the uncompromising quality of durable and reliable materials. BASF’s Infinergy® is the world’s first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane. Combined with an elastic coating it is used in the roll bar padding of the RN30 because of its long term durability and outstanding resilience. But speed is nothing without control. Thus, fast cars also need high performance brake systems. BASF has developed a breakthrough technology, Hydraulan® 406 ESI, which exceeds all technical challenges and fulfills demanding legislative requirements by extending the durability of the brake elastomer. 

For the ever more complex and compact electronic assemblies of the RN30, BASF’s new Ultramid® Advanced N allows for miniaturization, functional integration and freedom of design. It can be used in electronic components as well as structural parts near the engine and the gearbox in contact with hot, aggressive media and different fuels.

An interior design optimized for racing experiences

During the interior design process, RN30 designers and racing experts from Hyundai Motorsport worked closely together to deliver a layout that helps the driver focus his attention more intensely on driving. A bucket seat for racing, which perfectly fits the driver’s body and an integrated roll cage, which increases the vehicle body strength, protect the driver in precarious situations.

For those parts with complex geometry such as the seat shell and pan, BASF offers Ultracom®, a thermoplastic composite system for parts with continuous fiber reinforcement in injection-molded structures. This allows the seat to be lighter while still maintaining optimum strength and rigidity. The seat shell and pan owe their final shape to a matched combination of semi-finished products like tapes or laminates and injection-molding compounds. In the realization of such parts, BASF’s unique simulation tool Ultrasim®, as well as its Ultratestâ„¢ parts testing facilities and processing technologies play a major role across the entire process chain of seat component production. 

Efficient heat management and natural fibers contribute to sustainability

Race cars are reduced to the maximum to avoid any unnecessary ballast weight such as air conditioning. Keeping the car still cool and comfortable can be achieved with heat management solutions like BASF’s near infrared-reflective films, protecting windows of the RN30 against solar heat. The entirely organic and transparent film has an advantage over metal films, in that it is designed to filter out only infrared rays while allowing other rays such as light, GPS and telephone signals to pass through. 

The water-based binder Acrodur® strengthens the natural fibers and enables an environmentally compatible, dimensionally stable and, above all, lightweight solution for car composites such as dashboards and door panels of the RN30 which can be finished in various ways for high-quality design. 

Color and coating solutions for unlimited design options

Color inspires imagination and individualization. BASF’s waterborne ColorPro IC “Performance Blue” is one of the latest generation of individual colors with broad color spectrum, flexibility and unmatched quality. It gives the RN30 its dazzling appearance. In addition, BASF’s innovative iGloss® clearcoat with an advanced easy-to-clean effect helps to minimize microscratches significantly. In the interior, BASF’s patented transfer coating technology valure™ produces high-quality surfaces with almost limitless design options as well as unique material combinations with a wide variety of flexible substrates, like leather, in automotive interiors. The coated surface remains breathable and feels soft.

From concept to reality: experiencing chemistry-driven solutions in the New Generation Hyundai i30

The New Generation Hyundai i30 – “a car for everyone” and available in early 2017 – reveals how BASF’s solutions convert concepts into reality. BASF’s engineering plastic Ultramid® still sets standards in innovation and global availability in established plastic applications for powertrain and chassis such as the transmission oil pan, cylinder head cover and air intake manifold in the i30.

BASF is a key partner to the automotive industry in efforts to reduce harmful emissions from cars with combustion engines. The EMPROâ„¢ TWC (Three-Way Conversion) catalyst technology used in the i30 significantly outperforms conventional three-way conversion catalysts in the conversion of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over a wide range of conditions. 

Catamold® is a feedstock for metal injection molding technology. It is used in the production of dual clutch transmission parts for the i30 because it is 50 per cent lighter than traditional precision casting feedstocks and provides greater design freedom. Cellasto® microcellular polyurethane elastomers are used to make jounce bumpers and top mounts. They help to minimize noise, vibrations and harshness and in that way enhance driving comfort in the i30.

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Singapore Hosts First Driverless Taxi

nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, has launched a public trial of a robo-taxi service. The trial, which will continue on an on-going basis, is being held within Singapore’s one-north business district, where nuTonomy has been conducting daily autonomous vehicle (AV) testing since April.

Select Singapore residents will be invited to use nuTonomy’s ride-hailing smartphone app to book a no-cost ride in a nuTonomy self-driving car that employs the company’s software, which has been integrated with high-performance sensing and computing components. The rides will be provided in a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle that nuTonomy has specially configured for autonomous driving. An engineer from nuTonomy will ride in the vehicle to observe system performance and assume control if needed to ensure passenger comfort and safety.

Throughout the trial, nuTonomy will collect and evaluate valuable data related to software system performance, vehicle routing efficiency, the vehicle booking process, and the overall passenger experience. This data will enable nuTonomy to refine its software in preparation for the launch of a widely-available commercial robo-taxi service in Singapore in 2018.

Earlier this month, nuTonomy was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) as an R&D partner, to support the development of a commercial AV service in Singapore. This trial represents the first, rapid result of this partnership. nuTonomy is the first, and to date only, private enterprise approved by the Singapore government to test AVs on public roads.

In May of this year, nuTonomy completed a $16M Series A funding led by Highland Capital Partners that included participation from Fontinalis Partners, Signal Ventures, Samsung Ventures, and EDBI, the dedicated corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

 In addition to Singapore, nuTonomy is operating self-driving cars in Michigan and the United Kingdom, where it tests software in partnership with major automotive manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover.

For more information, visit http://nutonomy.com/

Axalta Launches Syrox, A New Refinish Brand

Axalta has launched Syrox, the latest brand in its refinish portfolio. Designed with new European formulations specifically for the mainstream aftermarket segment, Syrox is a complete and compact refinish paint system, including a waterborne basecoat, developed for passenger car repairs.

The Syrox refinish system provides a cost-effective alternative to premium product offerings. With a compact yet complete portfolio of paint products, Syrox is easy to use and to apply. New users will find the application technique of single coats with intermediate flash-off times reassuringly familiar. Coverage can be achieved in two coats plus one effect coat. What sets Syrox apart, in addition to its complete and compact system, is its exceptional colour matching, thanks to Axalta’s established and proven spectrophotometer technology and substantial global database of colour formulas. Together, these two tools give Syrox users an advantage in the body shop, helping to deliver, fast, easy and accurate colour-matching quality.

Syrox packaging is a first for the refinish industry. The design of the plastic basecoat bottles incorporates a special dosing lid that is designed to allow for extraordinarily accurate pouring, even down to a single drop of paint. The level indicator window on the side of the bottles lets users see when contents are getting low, and the flat-topped bottle caps that cover the dosing lids enable the bottles to stand and to be stored upside down so every drop of product can be used. The bottles come in convenient smaller volume sizes and only need a shake before use.

“The innovations that Syrox offers its users reflect what we’ve heard from our customers,” says Matthias Schönberg, Vice President of Axalta and President for Axalta’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. “We identified a demand for a straight-forward, conventionally-applied refinish system that is economical to use and delivers accurate colour matches. The result is Syrox, which promises no compromises on colour or on quality. A complete all-rounder, Syrox is a refinish paint system that is suitable for body shops of any size that must comply with national or regional legislation on emissions of harmful volatile organic compounds, and those who are not reliant on OEM approvals.”

Syrox is the result of Axalta’s approach to research and development, a wholly new brand formulated to fulfil specific demands of customers. Syrox is manufactured in Europe, and will be launched in selected VOC-compliant markets in that region, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, China and other parts of Asia, throughout 2016.

Win A Dominator Kit

Valspar Automotive Australia is pleased to announce its “Why Do you Need Dominator?” competition! There is over $1000 worth of prizes to be won!

Prizes on offer

Win 1 of 5 Dominator Kits. The winner may choose between a black or tintable kit.

How to enter

Simply take a photo of an object that is in need of Dominator Urethane Liner and post the photo to the Valspar Automotive Australia Facebook wall with an explanation why. There are no limitations on how many times you can enter or what items you can submit, so get creative!

Entries will be judged on practicality and creativity.

Terms and conditions

To be eligible you must be an Australia resident over the age of 18. All entries must list why they need Dominator Urethane Liner. Multiple entries are allowed, however there is a maximum of one prize per person.

For full Terms and Conditions visit www.valsparautomotive.com.au/terms-and-conditions

Closing date

Competition closes on Monday 1st August 2016 at 23:59:59 AEST. Winners will be notified on 2nd August 2016.

Competition is conducted by Valspar Automotive Australia Pty Ltd. ABN 41080461230

Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Nothing Gets Through The Dominator

They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Bad news for the other dogs, Dominator has both. The urethane based Dominator Tray and Body Liner features superior coverage, outstanding chalking resistance and easy application with a tintable formula option. Dominator sets a new standard in resin technology for unmatched toughness, solvent resistance and durability.

Dominator Features
No measuring necessary

The Dominator mixing process involves simply mixing part A with part B. As no measuring is required, the process saves time and reduces potential for mistakes.

Excellent UV durability

In a 1000 hour UV lab test, Dominator out performed other products on the market by retaining its rich deep colour whilst the others started to noticeably chalk and fade.

Excellent colour match on tintable product

Dominator is closer to the solid colour OEM finish colour match than other competitors in the market with only 10 pre cent tintload.

Superior gloss

Dominator has noticeably higher gloss which helps to make the finish closer to the sheen of the OEM finish especially on the tintable version. In a 1000 hour UV lab test the leading market competitor lost 38 per cent of its gloss while Dominator only lost one per cent. So not only does Dominator start with more gloss, it also continues to look better for longer.

High solvent resistance

No need to worry about leaks while hauling! Dominator is resistant to a wide range of common solvents and chemicals ensuring a long lasting durable finish.

Textured high build finish

Dominator’s textured high build finish gives you the highest level of protection, yet with still excellent coverage rates. The textured finish not only looks good but hides minor surface imperfections. One kit will cover a standard ute tray (approx. 6.5m2).

Long pot life

Dominator has a 45 minute pot life (working time) which allows for time for touch-ups, which are sometimes necessary. For more information on Dominator, speak with your local Valspar Automotive distributor or contact Valspar Automotive on (02) 4368 4054.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Relies On Spies Hecker

Mercedes-AMG Petronas, the reigning World Constructors’ Champions based in Brackley, England, is passionate about the Spies Hecker paint used on its race cars and team trucks. Spies Hecker is one of the three global premium brands of Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings.

“It’s important that the race cars look great on the track and that our sponsors’ logos are displayed clearly. But what is exceptionally critical for us are the weight of the paint, the speed of its application and the ability of the entire paint system to be used over and over again, all season, season after season, with the same great results. Spies Hecker delivers that for us,” says Andrew Moody, Head of Paint and Graphics, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team.

This season – which sees 21 Grands Prix over eight months – the W07 car, in addition to new external body parts and wings, is sporting a new design in the instantly-recognisable colours from 2015. The 2016 race car has eight colours, none of which are commercially available: three shades of green and five shades of the main colour, called Stirling Silver, after Stirling Moss who drove for Mercedes in 1955.

Thousands of hours and thousands of parts

With such an intricate livery on the car, Moody and his team face tough challenges. “It takes about 150 hours to paint a race car, with the nose and rear wing each taking about 12 hours,” says Moody.

Over the course of this season, they will paint literally thousands of panels and components, sometimes as many as 150 in one week. “The speed of application and reliability is essential; we don’t have time to accept anything less than perfect,” he says.

Work to smooth

Each part, particularly the aerodynamically-sensitive parts, requires a huge amount of attention to detail. The substrates of the race car vary depending on whether they are of a structural or of a cosmetic nature, and this impacts how the part is painted and its bake cycle. But regardless of the part or of the substrate, two things always hold true.

“For us everything is about weight and aerodynamics. Carbon fibre, for example, can be tricky, as it can be porous. So we have to get a lovely finish with the minimum weight of paint. The acceptable tolerances for an aerodynamic part might be 0.3mm, which would be miniscule for most refinishers. That can be hard to determine visually in the spray booth, so we have a “work to smooth” rule,” explains Moody.

The team in Paint and Graphics use a variety of Spies Hecker products on the race cars, which can all be used by bodyshops in their everyday work. The team often start with Priomat® Wash Primer 4075. Permasolid® HS Vario Primer Surfacer 5340, or Permasolid® HS Performance Surfacer 5320 are then used before the application of Permahyd® Hi-TEC Base Coat 480.

Moody says, “we finish the components off with one of two Spies Hecker clearcoats. Permasolid® HS Optimum Plus Clear Coat 8650 is a hugely reliable clearcoat and we use it on many parts. But for parts we need to get done and dried quickly, we trust the new Permasolid® HS Speed Clear Coat 8800. It’s a fantastic High Solids clearcoat that’s very, very fast.”

To ensure the race cars remain as aerodynamically sound as possible, 80 per cent of the sponsors’ logos are airbrushed onto the paint, including the iconic Mercedes-Benz star on the front of the nose.

“Airbrushing the star is a fantastically creative skill, but we need repeatability, consistency and accuracy. The star takes nearly an hour to complete, and there are 30 different stages in the process, but only four colours: blue, brown, white and black.”

Work doesn’t stop after the race

After every race, the Build Department strips the cars and then the individual parts are sent to Moody’s team in the paint shop. The parts are checked carefully and then usually repainted.

It may seem rather excessive to refinish the entire car after every race, but as Moody explains, there are valid reasons for it. “Consider qualifying or racing somewhere like Abu Dhabi or Bahrain, where there is a lot of sand in the air. Given the speeds at which the cars go, the paint can almost look sandblasted after a while on track. Or, if a piece of gravel hits our car, it can take a piece out of the body, or can cause craters and nicks in the paint, which certainly will interfere with our aerodynamics. It goes back to how aerodynamically important it is to “work to smooth”, even after a race.”

Not just race cars

Spies Hecker paint isn’t reserved just for the race cars though. There are eight team trucks that are painted with Spies Hecker about every two years. And Moody’s team paints hundreds, if not thousands, of garage and hospitality boards, as well as everything from grid trollies and water bottles, to the engineer’s station on the pit wall.

Joachim Hinz, Spies Hecker Brand Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, says, “we have a long-standing relationship with Andrew Moody and his team so we understand the pressure they are under and, in turn, the requirement that our products must meet, day after day, season after season. We’re very proud that we can deliver the results they need so that the team can deliver on the track.”

New DNA Custom Paints Fluorescent Basecoats

DNA Custom Paints says that customer feedback has led to a new range of Fluorescent Basecoats being released. After many emails, phone calls and requests for fluorescent colours, DNA has now released its latest custom creation for 2016. Five new fluorescent colour basecoats – Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Pink – have been added to the ever growing range of Australian-made custom paints. The new fluorescent basecoats are high quality, easy to use and affordable.
DNA Technical & Training Manager Josh Schuster says that fluorescent paints are now in great demand and the company is proud to be the specialist paint company in Australia that tooled up and delivered. Schuster particularly points to the boating industry, mentioning that safety rules in Australia require all racing helmets used on water to be fluorescent red in colour.
The new Fluorescent Basecoat colours are comprised of a semi-transparent basecoat that is applied over a white groundcoat to achieve the fluorescent colour effect. They are available in one litre cans online and from all DNA Custom Paint distributors.
For more information contact DNA Custom Paints on 03 9764 2088, or visit www.dna-paints.com.