May 27th, 2019
Developing a tailored surface protection coating and laminating solution demands an in-depth understanding of the end-product market. In applications such as Automotive paint protection, for example, there are various vendors offering a wide range of solutions from paint additives to epoxy top coats. Yet, as an estimated 30% of a vehicle’s value is based on aesthetics, this is not an area where car owners can afford to skimp on quality.
Another option is to utilize innovative paint protection films – a solution that provides significant functional benefits in the long-term. NORFILM® surface protection films are a unique line of products based on advanced urethane-film technology. They are primarily comprised of a variety of stain and scratch-resistant specially formulated coatings and proprietary adhesive systems designed for long life and easy application.
In this blog post, Saint-Gobain explores five key benefits of NORFILM® surface protection films for automotive paint protection in more detail:
NORFILM® surface protection films are designed to preserve vehicle finishes from new to aftermarket applications. They are imbued with non-yellowing characteristics and are tested for accelerated weathering and heat aging, ensuring that the film retains its installed appearance in real-world conditions.
Embrittlement of paint and topcoat composites due to chemical or environmental factors can degrade the optical qualities of the vehicle’s finish. NORFILM® surface protection films are tested according to the HC Cracking Test, ensuring good resistance to cracks that can reduce the surface clarity of the paintwork. This also ensures that paintwork benefits from the enhanced corrosion and abrasion resistant properties of the film for longer.
Surface protection films are applied to various substrate materials and geometries in the automotive sector. NORFILM® products are engineered for high conformability, making it easy to adhere films to complex shapes such as bumpers, wing mirrors, and trims. They can also be adhered to various substrate materials including glass and plastic bodywork.
Wear and Tear Resistant
NORFILM® surface protection films are primarily designed to protect vehicles from the daily wear and tear of the road. Dirt, debris, stones and acid rain are just a few of the unavoidable environmental factors that can damage paintwork and cause a reduction in clarity or surface gloss. NORFILM® solutions are engineered to prevent rusting and protect the paintwork from chips that may require maintenance and polishing to correct.
They also boast a self-healing quality that enables it to sustain scratches and regenerate to return to its initial glossy state.
Lastly, NORFILM® surface protection films are easily removable despite their excellent initial adhesion properties. This ensures that films can be replaced without damaging the underlying substrate.
Surface Protection Solutions from Saint-Gobain
Saint-Gobain Specialty Films has over 40 years’ experience in custom NORFILM® solutions for automotive paint protection. We specialize in creating the highest value product through a mastery of the underlying chemistry and application process, ensuring vehicles treated with
NORFILM® surface protection films retain their show-room qualities for as long as possible.
If you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.