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Aluminum Panel Prep - Tips for Proper Adhesion

August 6, 2015

Welcome back! Pete had a great July vacaion and is ready, once again, to talk paint!

Aluminum has been around for quite some time but with the increased usage from many OE manufacturers, aluminum has become the new buzz word. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to insure proper adhesion when performing aluminum repair.

Aluminum Oxidation. Aluminum can oxidize very quickly after being sanded and exposed to air. This can have a negative impact on the ability of a primer to bond to the aluminum. Therefore, it is critical to prime sanded aluminum panels as soon as possible to protect it from oxidation.

Avoid cross contamination. Galvanic corrosion will occur when you first sand a steel panel and then use that same sanding disc to sand aluminum. By cross contaminating these metals, the aluminum will corrode and cause the primer to lose adhesion. Therefore it is important to keep sanding discs for aluminum separate from sanding discs used for steel repair.

By practicing these simple tips, you can rest assured your paint job will be sound over properly prepared aluminum.

Historic Color Formulas

June 2015

>Why Do Color Formulations Go Historic?

This has been an “age old” question.

What are historic formulas?

Historic formulas are available for colors that have a new revised formula. The “Historic” formula is the previous formula that was matched. Not all colors have historic formulas.

How will I know when a historic color is available?

There are some instances when a color contains a toner that is obsolete and the color was unable to be re-matched. Users may receive a comment, “No Record Found”. Contact the Color Library for help in those situations.

It's vacation time!!!

Pete’s taking a summer break to enjoy the sun, sand, and beach air.
He’ll be back with more exciting Refinish tips and tricks.

Did You Know That Size Matters When it Comes to Etch Primers

June 2015

Etch primers are a key component when preparing bare metal substrates for paint. Not only do they promote adhesion between the bare metal and the subsequent layer of high-build surfacer, but they also provide a layer of corrosion resistance. Also, depending on the size of your repair area, your choice of PPG etch primer will be different.

ONECHOICE® SXA1031 Etch Prime – Gray is a chrome-free, aerosol etch primer ideal for the small, bare metal spots, such as scratches, cut-throughs, and hard to reach areas. Use only on small areas such as these.

OneChoice SX1071 ECOBASE™ 5.5 Etch Prime is ideal for larger areas. It is a chrome-free, 2 component etch primer that is fast drying and compliant for all markets. SX1071 is best to use on large, bare metal areas such as panels that have been stripped or when preparing new un-primed parts for paint.

Large or small, PPG has you covered when it comes to painting bare metal!

What does the "Plus" mean in the OMNI™ Plus basecoat system?

The “Plus” basecoat systems – OMNI Plus MBP/MBPX - offer high strength toners that deliver improved coverage and durability as well as fast dry times. Tri-coats and unique pigments are also part of the platform which allows for quality color match performance to today’s OEM finishes. Supported by a chromatically arranged color deck, the OMNI Plus system offers everything you need to perform quality and efficient refinish repairs.

PPG Paint It

An Interactive Approach to Color Identification and Selection

When searching for a wheel, trim or exterior color – try PPG Paint It. This web based color tool provides a digital color representation of the Domestic and Import vehicle manufacturers – starting with model year 2008 and is updated when new programs are available. The greatest feature of this tool – exterior and non-body information linked so finding the wheel color for a 2014 Ford Edge is simple and easy.

Other Features:

  • Color Representation (Prime/No.1)
  • Exterior and Non-Body Information Linked
  • Domestic/Import Car Colors
  • Sort by Model
  • Sort by Usage (wheel, trim, etc.)
  • Sort by Year
  • 2008 - Current Year
  • Web Based, PC/Tablet Friendly
  • No Subscription Required
  • Digital Image Linked to Online Color Formulations(Password Required)

The Paint It app is the newest approach to color identification and selection, and is now available for the NEXA AUTOCOLOR® brand paint systems. Try it on your iPad® or tablet. Go to or today.

And for collision shops with internet connectivity to the mixing room computer – load the Paint It desktop icon for direct access to the information for the vehicle in the booth.

Pour Spout Identifier - Now Online!

Have you ever had trouble determining which pour spouts fit a certain bottle or can? There’s now a Pour Spout Identifier available online at! It contains the part number, picture of the spout, as well as examples of the types of cans or bottle it fits. This chart can print on 11x17 paper size and is a great reference to keep handy in your store!

Click here for the Pour Spout Identifier

Have you heard about the En-V™ EC530 clearcoat?

Did you know that the new ENIVROBASE® High Performance En-V EC530 clearcoat has 3 specially formulated temperature adjusted reducers? Based on new resin technology, EC530 is the first clearcoat to be offered that utilizes these unique reducers. The reducers will help painters "dial in" their clearcoat application based on spray room parameters and allow flexibility to paint from 1 panel to a complete overall. Additionally, painters outside of compliant areas have the choice to use these special reducers or their standard “DT” or “D” series reducers. Keep in mind too, if the repair is large (> 3 panels), consider moving to a higher temperature reducer to keep the film open longer. Either way, painters will be rewarded with a clearcoat that is easy to apply and provides superior gloss and hardness out of bake.

Download the EC530 Product Data Sheet

New VIBRANCE COLLECTION® custom colors?


Did you know there are new colors available in the Vibrance Collection custom color offering? 29 new pearls, metallic and candies representing some of the most popular colors in the market are now available through the following color retrieval software applications: PAINTMANAGER®, COLORMOBILE® and Online color formulations. Capturing the allure of your favorite candies, these mouth-watering formulations can transform any ride into a tasty visual treat.

These colors will be supported by a new color card showcasing the STREET SWEETS™ custom paint collection. This color card will be available later this spring. Check out the attachment below for a sneak-peak of the available colors!

To search for the colors in any of the software platforms, use the brand code search or search by the color description, making sure to change your “Source Type” to “Paint Manufacturers”.

Check out the Street Sweets custom paint collection here.

Have you seen the new SU470LV 1K Compliant Adhesion Promoter?

SU470LV is compliant for all markets and can be used under all PPG and NEXA AUTOCOLOR® branded undercoats and topcoats. It requires no additional reduction - it is ready-to-spray out of the can! SU470LV also contains a mica pigment that allows you to see the product as it is being applied. SU470LV eliminates the need to carry multiple adhesion promoters on your shelf. One product is all it takes to provide exceptional adhesion to bare, unprimed, automotive plastics.

Review product data sheet OC-35 SU470LV for additional information.

RAPIDMATCH™ X-5 Spectrophotometer

A Best Practice for the Mixing Room

For paint room efficiency, use the RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer to identify the right color formula early – before the vehicle enters the paint booth. Why? It’s all about the numbers.

• Time to download and retrieve results - cut in half
• Find the closest match in just "2" clicks
• Getting to zero - That's right. With the largest paint formula database, achieving Match Ratings of "0" are now a proven fact

The new intuitive workflow and final results screen includes both Match Ratings and Texture providing a new level of color characterization. For more information on how you can revolutionize the mixing room with Green, Green, GO SPEED AND CONFIDENCE, download the Quick Reference Guide.

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