Colors are an expression of personality, and today you’re going to find out how the exotic supercars get there elegance and grace on them, which is unparalleled by the common lot.
We will be driving through (pun intended) different automobile industries so that you can know the different painting technologies that put up the look and style of these marvels of mechanics.
The paint job on the exotic cars is a work of art, unparalleled, innovative, and creative. To know how they do it, keep on reading and scrolling as we delve into the industries’ paint shops.
These are the rings that most of us, or I, for one, would want to have. The ever-elegant Audi cars might look spectacular in either black or white. However, Audi gives buyers a variety of 67 distinct colors. The variations of color are mainly because of the different demands of individuals and regions.
Americans prefer either a white or black Audi. However, the Scandinavians have more colors for their cars. Whatever the tone may be, it comes from Audi’s paint shop.
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The painting technology behind Audi’s vibrant colors is the cathodic dip painting system or simply CDP. The technology uses water-based conductive paint which then deposits on the body as the electric field is applied.
Thanks to this technology, the car undergoes four layers of painting at the paint shop. The first layer prevents the corrosion, the second evens out the surface. It is followed by two layers base coat and clear coat respectively. Ultimately, giving the glossy and gleamy paint job.
Robots and machines handle most of the work. Humans come into play to remove any blemishes by hand. Ultimately, giving the perfect finish to the classy car.
Our next stop is at the BMW factory, home to the luxurious German powerhouse vehicles. The fantastic beasts have been mesmerizing me with their top-notch quality. Thus, the painting technology assures that the color speaks for itself. Hence, we get to choose over 230 different colors! Specifically, the costliest and classiest paint, considered by both the manufacturer and the users, is the pure metallic silver.
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Let’s find out how they do it.
After the production unit, the car body comes to the paint shop. Here it gets the colors that we usually see gleaming on the roads. BMW had introduced its innovative and energy-efficient “Integrated Paint Process (IPP)” technology for its paint jobs.
The technology combines the pigments and a water paint system. Also, one of the base coat acts as a primer-surfacer instead of the primer coat, followed by the clear coat atop the layer. Thereby, eliminating the need for the oven stage.
The designers check the surface at least three times before applying the water-borne paint. Besides the pneumatics, the electrostatic induction adds color to the body shell.
Now that the paint is on the BMW, the specialists polish and dry it before sending it out from the paint shop. Furthermore, the car is completed by the processing unit before it graces our eyes with its refined colors!
If you are one for team Earth, then high five! Despite having a passion for driving the exotic powerhouses, I’d rather have a ride in a green and serene environment. Also, Ferrari believes in the motion. Therefore, the Italian luxurious powerhouse manufacturer cares about not only excellence but also sustainability. As a result, while painting, Ferrari minds the concerns of the environment. Consequently, they use a powder base coat which produces no emissions to the atmosphere.
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Just when we thought Ferrari was doing enough for the environment, they have now introduced the first low-bake painting technology partnering with PPG. Thus, the baking of paint which usually happened at 150 degrees, thanks to this technology is possible at 100 degrees. Ultimately, the reduction makes less use of energy and a better environment.
Not only the new Low Cure painting technology is efficient, but it also makes the body more resistant to water. Ferrari now can produce 61 different colors combining metallic basecoats with either gloss or matte clear coat pigments. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have Ferraris of so many shades? I think so!
After Italy, we move towards our final destination. We’re in Germany at the Mercedes-Benz Paint Factory. Here, the elegant and sophisticated Mercedes get their color on them. The several classes of the classy motor manufacturers have left me, like many other people, in awe of their beauty. So, let’s get on moving!
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Did you know that they’re scratch-resistant? If yes, then do you know how?
After four years in research and development, Mercedes-Benz was able to introduce nanotechnology in the world of automotive painting. In addition to the paint, the luxury German automaker makes use of ceramic nanoparticles lacquer. The nanoparticles are freely floating. However, once dried, they form a robust yet smooth layer over the body. Thus, not only making the paint scratch-resistant but also giving a 40% enhanced gloss.
The E, S, CL, SL, and SLK-Class series were the first ones to have nano-painting technology. The reason behind their flawless finish is the use of nanotechnology. Nonetheless, It is not surprising that nano-changes can bring about great results. So is the greatness of Mercedes-Benz!
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