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BASF introduces new UV primer technology to automotive industry

Published on 2007-05-29. Author : SpecialChem

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- BASF announced the availability of its new VP-126 Power-Fill ultraviolet (UV) primer for the repair of surface and metal defects on automobiles. The primer was originally developed by BASF for use in automotive refinishing. Now for the first time, BASF Coatings is using the UV-curable primer for fixing isolated defects in the automotive OEM coating process. With this new primer, an auto body with a tiny mar no longer needs to go back through the entire coating process, but instead can be touched-up precisely at the site of the flaw resulting in time and cost savings.

The implementation of the new primer stems from a collaboration between BASF Coatings and General Motors paint engineers. The GM engineers were looking for a high build, corrosion-resistant primer that could be used to repair isolated defects. In the automotive refinish business, touching up minor defects is routine. Together with GM, BASF evaluated its UV-curable primer and determined it could provide significant benefits for the automotive OEM coating process.

Here's how it works. The VP-126 primer is applied to an isolated defect in one or two coats and is cured in just a few minutes with an ultraviolet light. Next, the treated spot is sanded. Following the sanding, the area can be painted with both a base and top coat to complete the process.

"The new VP-126 Power-Fill UV primer cures defects in only two to three minutes, while a conventional primer may take up to 30 minutes to cure," said John Van Antwerp, BASF Coatings Account Manager for General Motors North America. "This innovative primer is another example of how BASF is helping our customers be more successful by making work processes more efficient."

The new VP-126 primer is also eco-efficient because it contains half the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of conventional solvent-based primers. The primer was recognized with an Automotive News PACE award earlier this year.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

Source: BASF

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