Tuesday, 20 September 2022 16:15

How Waterborne Technology Can Improve Cycle Time Performance


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The number of color coats required to make a refinish repair is one primary consideration for evaluating the throughput performance of a refinish paint system.

Yet, as most know, the most accurate way to vet a system’s productivity is to evaluate the entire refinish process---from color identification, right on through to the final clearcoat. As example, PPG’s waterborne refinish system incorporates a host of features designed to speed cycle time performance.


Color ID and Matching Efficiency


The throughput of a refinish system must include its color-matching ability. Afterall, if the color doesn’t match, how fast the repair was achieved won’t matter. In this regard, PPG has heavily invested in ensuring the ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne basecoat system delivers color-matching excellence. Its color variance program is one example of this commitment.


Since color variants to OEM prime colors are an everyday challenge for identifying a correct formula, those identified by PPG’s color variance team are quickly incorporated into PPG’s comprehensive color formula database. Formulas are updated daily through PPG’s PAINTMANAGER® XI color software. In the long run, the daily update of the database saves the technician valuable time searching for the right color formula.


Another real time saver is the Chromatic Variant Deck since it can significantly reduce sprayouts. Comprised of thousands of variant and prime color chips, each chip is sprayed with actual waterborne paint. “The color deck is ‘dead-on’,” says Jeff Smith of Pro Collision, Grand Rapids, Michigan. “If the color is in the deck, there’s no need to...

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