Columbus, Ohio – A film coating developed by Aero Sustainable Material Technology allows contrast roof options to be delivered at a dealership level in the automotive industry.
The application was developed for a customer of Germain Jaguar Land Rover in Columbus, Ohio, who wanted to customise the roof of their Jaguar F-Pace. The factory does not offer contrast roofs because of the manufacturing constraints of paint.
The film-based system can be stretched and applied at room temperature made the contrast roof a possibility. The film has four layers: an adhesive layer to attach it to the substrate, then the colour layer. Above that is a clear thermoset polycaprolactone urethane, and the surface is a self-healing urethane acrylate. It produces no CO2, has no VOCs, PVC or solvents, and no water is required during either its manufacture or its application.
‘Our customer selected a gloss black roof, which provided a unique contrast against the factory white finish of their Jaguar, Austin Germain, the dealership’s general manager. ‘The ability to customize without compromising on quality or sustainability is the pinnacle of luxury, which for us—a luxury automotive dealer—is a massive competitive differentiator.’
Aero’s technology is also now allowing contrast roof capabilities to be introduced in traditional assembly lines. ‘Painting a car, masking, bagging, painting again for contrast roof, then de-masking, de-bagging, and then clear coating is a zero-profit game for luxury brands who use traditional paint,’ said Aero’s CEO, Jim McGuire. ‘With Aero, that capability is drastically reduced, without any environmental impact.’