The new paint tech will cut costs and is more environment-friendly.
Supercar maker Ferrari, in collaboration with US-based PPG Industries, has introduced a new low-temperature paint system, making the Prancing Horse the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt such a technology.
The new two-component paint system, called Low Cure, incorporates a specially formulated clear coat which makes it possible for it 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.
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 no fewer than 61 different base coat colours by combining metallic base coats with a gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.