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Old 04-09-2005, 02:00 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by captzemo
If anyone knows of a clearcoat with UV filtering agents - I would sure like to hear about it .
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Having worked with paints, sealers, and other automotive coatings for 20+ years, I can tell you that automotive clearcoats have little or no UV resistance. In auto finishes over steel panels, it is necessary to have enough UV protection in your base and primer coats to protect the electrocoat primer. The clear coat adds depth to the appearance of the unit, but no UV help.

I am not sure of the chemistry of the clear agent used on the Airstreams, but it would not seem to need UV inhibitors, as it is not protecting any subcoatings. It would seem that in the forming process of shaping the front and rear of the TT, that the clearcoat would be stressed and more likely to fail in those locations. But again, I do not know the chemistry of the product and its application parameters/uses.

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Old 04-09-2005, 03:38 PM   #16
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The end panels on the new Airstreams, that have the Alcoa applied clearcoat, are stressed when AS stretch forms them. Our dealer noted to us that the end sections are a lighter shade than the side panels, that don't get stretched. I would expect that the clear coat on the end panels will deteriorate faster than on the side panels. I don't know if there is any clear coat on the white roof sections.

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Propylene glycol isn't that a shampoo and deodorant additive? I have heard it was cancer causing in those uses.
Wouldn't a good sealant applied soon after purchase and maintained regularly keep that clearcoat from peeling? I managed a car dealership and the new cars had paint problems constantly from enviromental pollution, like acid rain. We protected the higher line cars with a sealant and found it to keep the paint a lot better while they sat outside a long time waiting to be sold.
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I for one do not know very much about sealers -- though I have used paint sealers to "seal" whatever was on the car or boat - before spraying with a polyurethane color coat ... Hope someone can explain the chemistry -
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Originally Posted by 65GT
I was guessing that seeing as they have 2000, 2001 product numbers, that maybe 1000 was a custom material specifically for use on Aluminum (not a typical automotive body part (at least until recently)).

I don't think they do custom stuff for aluminum. They have a whole division that does coatings for aluminum. None of the aluminum coatings had a DU number. I'm puzzled.

Everything I've seen on ppg 1000 leads me to believe it might be an additive or modifier for a urethane type clearcoat. Maybe the Alcoa rep was just giving the Airstream guy 'part' of the information. That wouldn't be unusual, in my experience.

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