Ferrari has come up with an innovative low temperature paint system in collaboration with PPG Industries, which is claimed to be the world’s first of its kind.
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 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, Ferrari said.
Additionally, the new solution makes it possible to bake carbon fibre and composite components together with the bodyshell, resulting in color uniformity between the various body components.
Thanks to the new technology, Ferrari has come up with a process to produce up to 61 different basecoat colors by combining metallic basecoats with a gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.
In 2004, Ferrari became one of the first companies in the world to introduce a water-based paint system.