Looking for the most efficient compounding process? Consider this!

To achieve the perfect finish for your customers, the key is to use the correct application process for your clear coats - stick to your paint manufacturers recommendations!

State-of-the-art modern clear coats are very sensitive to drying conditions, which can determine the difficulty of your finishing process and the overall quality of your result.

  • Time and temperature spent in the oven

    The bake time paint manufacturers' recommend, usually refers to time in the oven at "object temperature".
    The key is to identify how much additional time is needed to heat the object to temperature and add this to the baking time.

    Pictures taken with a IR camera:

    • Engine and bonnet heating up after 5 Mins

      After 5 mins: Engine and bonnet heating up

    • Engine and bonnet heating up after 15 Mins

      After 15 mins: Temperature spreading but the lower part of the door still hasn't reached 50°C

    • Type of clearcoat and hardener

      The longer the open time of the hardener (type: slow), the longer the cure time will be, to achieve a fully cured coating.

    • Thickness of coat applied

      The thicker the overall coating, the longer the cure time will be to achieve a fully cured coating. State of the art High Solid Clearcoats achieve higher thickness layers per application.

Remember this!

The slower the hardener. The longer the hardener. The thicker the coating layer. The shorter the time or lower the temperature... the less cured the clear coat will be for polishing.

Depending on local variables in the process - choose the most efficient polishing process.


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  • Total Automotive Sanding System

    3M and Festool Automotive Systems have formed a global strategic collaboration to best serve the automotive collision repair industry.

    3M’s best-in-class abrasives innovation, including 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives, are now available in conjunction with premium Festool Automotive Systems surface prep tools, including pneumatic and electric sanders, polishers and backup pads, vacuums and surface-prep workstations, dust extraction capabilities and service.

    Find out more about the exciting polishing sets available to you.


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