Consolidated Manufacturing Processes
Axalta consolidated processes are designed to deliver productivity, profitability, protection and beauty with fewer coats and bake cycles. Our consolidated systems meet OEM and regulatory environmental requirements with low-VOC and waterborne alternatives to traditional formulations.
Axalta’s 3-Wet system uses a specially formulated primer for light vehicle OEMs and other applications that reduces the number of bake cycles after each application. Larger ovens - expensive to build and costly to operate - needed for a full bake cycle after applying traditional primers can be replaced with a more energy efficient flash zone. Successive coats can be applied on top of the prior coat while still wet or require only a minimal “flash” dry step between coats. This innovation allows the light vehicle manufacturers to replace larger baking ovens with smaller, lower energy flash zone and can result in substantial savings in energy-related operating costs, reduced capital expenditures associated with the installation of baking ovens and a smaller operating footprint. An alternative high solid solventborne formulation is also available for use in facilities that operate older production systems or to achieve certain colors and effects.
Axalta’s Eco-Concept paint and process technology is designed to accelerate production in the OEM light vehicle paint line while reducing costs with proprietary technology that combines primer and basecoat, eliminating intermediate baking steps, creating an effectively primerless technology. Axalta basecoats provide rich color. Clear coats ensure long term protection of the vehicle’s finish. Innovative coating technology sustains car owner satisfaction with formulations that reduce color fade due to ultraviolet radiation and that resist scratches and chips. Eco-Concept is designed to meet both OEM and regulatory requirements for reduced VOCs with low-VOC and waterborne alternative
Axalta top-coat products provide long term protection of the vehicle’s finish. Innovative coating technology sustains car owner satisfaction with formulations that reduce color fade due to ultraviolet radiation and that help resist scratches and chips.
Monocoat 2-Wet Coating System
Axalta’s Monocoat 2-Wet coating system for light vehicle OEMs combines the paint performance of a clearcoat-over-basecoat system with the productivity of a monocoat process. The process begins with a layer of 2-wet primer followed by a no-heat, ambient flash. The vehicle is then coated with the Monocoat 2-Wet coating followed by a bake cycle. Coating applications are reduced from three to two and the number of drying steps from two to one. By removing steps in the painting process with the elimination of a paint and bake cycle, the Monocoat 2-Wet system is designed to increase productivity with reduced energy use and paint shop footprint.
The desired monocoat appearance is achieved with a hyper-branched acrylic polymer formulated to provide high-quality appearance and durability. Formulation tools were also developed to match the full set of required attributes in combination with the wet primer layer. Advanced weathering tests have shown that paint applied with our 2-Wet technology retains as much as 90 percent of its gloss after four years compared to one percent gloss retention for paint applied using a conventional monocoat process.