Some general vehicle painting guidance

Aug. 4, 2016
Key things to keep in mind.

When it comes to selecting the proper vehicle coating, there is a key difference between single-stage and basecoat/clearcoat paints, notes Christopher Papa, marketing manager, Axalta Coating Systems. “A basecoat/clearcoat system is designed to protect the vehicle with an enhanced degree of durability and gloss retention that should help lead to a longer lifecycle of the asset in extreme weather conditions.”  

Axalta ( is a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that surface preparation prior to painting “is a critical step in the finishing process,” he says. “Failure to properly prepare the surface can lead to many types of adhesion and paint defects.”

Axalta recommends that all professional painters follow standard preparation processes, including:

- Cleaning and degreasing surfaces.

- Being sure the surface is completely dry before applying undercoats or topcoats.

- Using an adhesion promoter when necessary.

- Applying a primer or sealer to the recommended film build.

- Selecting the appropriate topcoat based on customer needs.

- Ensuring proper measuring of paint and components.

- Allowing adequate flash and dry times.

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