Tree sap, acid rain no match for 2K polyurethane exterior automotive clearcoats

Indianapolis, May 9, 2012 — Nature can be a beautiful sight, but its less friendly side can ruin a vehicle's finish.

Two-component (2K) polyurethane clearcoats offer a deep, rich appearance that can help make a beautiful vehicle exterior. These coatings also provide etch resistance from nature's nasty side – tree sap, acid rain and bird droppings.

Additionally, 2K polyurethane coatings – using raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience LLC – provide excellent long-term durability, color retention and chemical resistance compared with previously available coatings.

Originally, 2K polyurethane clearcoats were introduced to replace thermoset acrylic (TSA) clearcoats, an acrylic resin that was crosslinked with a melamine rather than a polyisocyanate. 2K polyurethane clearcoats consist of an aliphatic (weatherable) polyisocyanate that is used to crosslink a hydroxyl, functional acrylic resin.

Prior to application, the two components (polyisocyanate and acrylic resins) are mixed in a spray gun during the spray operation, thus avoiding pot life issues. Once mixed, a chemical reaction begins to take place that ultimately leads to a cured coating with a hard, glossy finish.

Most one-component technologies require a minimum temperature for a crosslinking reaction to take place. Unless that temperature threshold is met, the coating will not fully cure. Conversely, 2K polyurethane coatings begin to cure as soon as the polyisocyanate and the co-reactant are mixed, and will eventually fully cure regardless of temperature. These benefits provide OEMs with a potentially time-saving process that also produces high-performance exterior automotive clear coats.

Visitors to the American Coatings Show (ACS), taking place May 8-10 in Indianapolis, can discuss the technology first-hand with experts at Bayer's booth, #301.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,800 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2011 sales of 10.8 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience's 2011 sales in North America were $2.9 billion. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC's business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Contact:

Tom Erdner, Phone: 412-777-5200
Email: thomas.erdner@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's polyurethane technologies, call 412-777-3983 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

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