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BASF's Glasurit Develops Clear Coat Systems that Offer Enlarged Range of Gloss Levels

Published on 2012-10-31. Author : SpecialChem

MÜNSTER -- Mat surfaces have been adding a special touch to cars for a number of years. Glasurit developed a new clear coat system for the refinish repair and can now offer an enlarged range of gloss levels. With the new Mat Clear System, Glasurit offers bodyshops a reliable and easy way of achieving any desired gloss level for mat coatings.

Gloss levels are measured in gloss units. To start with, bodyshops could rely on 22 or 53 gloss units for refinishing, but meanwhile, each vehicle manufacturer has their own gloss levels, ranging from 12 to 65 units. Previously, bodyshops could use Glasurit 923-55 MS Clear extra mat and 923-57 MS Clear mat elastified to reproduce two gloss levels, 22 units +/- 2 and 53 units +/- 2.

To make matters even more difficult, the OEM coating of a vehicle often shows different gloss levels on horizontal and vertical surfaces. The fact that the gloss level of the refinish coating can also vary considerably due to the influence of the substrate, film thickness and flash-off times adds to the complications involved for bodyshops.

By mixing the two mat Glasurit MS Clears in different, defined mixing ratios, bodyshops can achieve gloss units of between 12 and 65, measured at a 60° angle. This enables them to match any conventional mat gloss level using only two clears and a specific hardener.

In addition, Glasurit has revised the process and defined the individual painting steps even more precisely. This gives bodyshops a greater degree of reliability, because now they can reduce to a minimum any undesired influences such as different film thicknesses, flash-off times and the hardeners used.

About BASF Coatings

The Coatings Division of the BASF Group develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. Coatings and paints from BASF protect surfaces and give them color and luster. Their aim is to meet the highest technical and qualitative demands in an aesthetic and environmentally friendly manner. They combine extraordinary design with functionality. Their intelligent solutions enable their customers to shine in the international marketplace.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company - The Chemical Company. With about 111,000 employees, six Verbund sites and close to 370 production sites worldwide they serve customers and partners in almost all countries of the world. In 2011, BASF posted sales of €73.5 billion and income before special items of approximately €8.4 billion. They combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation they enable their customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Their products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve quality of life. They have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.

Source: BASF

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