News for the plastics and rubber industry. Macplas
Materials Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Fast curing film for large Class A car painted surfaces

Solvay announced the launch of SolvaLite SF200 surfacing film, a light tack film for “Class A” paintable body panels. “With a curing time of less than 10 minutes at 150 °C, our new SolvaLite SF200 Surfacing Film lends prepreg layups for high-class automotive body panels a very smooth cured surface where impeccable flatness is an indispensable prerequisite for painting,” said Dan Eskelsen, Head of Product and Asset Management Adhesives at Solvay’s Composites business unit. “The product is based on our latest fast-cure technology and compatible with autoclave curing. It combines a longer outlife than previous surface films with good adhesion to automotive paints and primers and minimizes the required rework prior to painting.”


Moreover, SolvaLite SF200 provides a one-stop solution for OEMs and tier suppliers who wish to receive a perfectly matched prepreg and surface film package from a single source. The new surfacing film is targeted at large body panels used on premium sports and other luxury class vehicles. It complements Solvay’s new series of SolvaLite 714 Prepregs available in a wide range of unidirectional carbon fibre reinforced and woven-fabric formats for automotive and other high-volume press-cure applications.