Mirka has added two finer grits – P800 and P1000 – to the paper-backed Iridium abrasive range. According to Mirka, Iridium in P800 offers an effective solution for everyday tasks, such as the preparation of blend areas, while P1000 can be used for preparing blend areas on jobs that involve more difficult or sensitive colours. In addition, the abrasive provides an effective option for tasks such as the removal of excessive orange-peel or paint defects.
Jason Salmon, Product Specialist Associated Products at PPG Australia, says that as a new technology, the initial purchase price of Iridium is a little higher than other abrasives, but the product delivers a strong return on investment.
“We put Iridium to the test under local conditions,” said Salmon. “Over two full days the entire Iridium range went up against eight other premium abrasives and we used a scientific approach to ensure the results were accurate. Using a detailed cost analysis, we found that Iridium not only outperforms the best – its impressive ability to cut fast, repel dust and stay sharp also made it a more cost-effective option when compared to conventional technologies that sold on price, rather than performance. However, we are not asking repairers to take our word for it. Just give Iridium a go and prove it for yourself – many already have and become instant converts.”
Mirka says Iridium features an entirely new manufacturing process that precisely places abrasive grains onto the backing material. There are more grains per disc and a UV cured resin which locks the grains down as well as creating a dust repelling surface. The products also provide an aggressive cut, exceptional lifespan, and “remarkable” dust extraction.