Sanding – that’s old hat now!

There are bodyshops where they are still sanding in cases in which the use of a wet-on-wet filler could cut out a complete working step. Glasurit has recognised this potential for economising and, with its new wet-on-wet filler system, is now launching an offensive against unnecessary sanding.

Sanding – that’s old hat now!

A complete working step dispensed with

The new wet-on-wet filler system is a comprehensive package consisting of Glasurit Fillers 285-31 grey, 285-38 white and 285-49 black plus the 522-10 Plastic Additive. Used in combination, not only do they lay the foundations for perfect painting results – they also enable bodyshops to tap into major savings potential.

The technology involved is particularly efficient and, compared to sanding fillers, ensures time savings of up to 30 per cent! When doing small damage repairs and painting new parts, bodyshops can cut out a complete working step if they use Glasurit’s wet-on-wet fillers and thus achieve perfect results in no time at all. “That gives bodyshops scope for setting prices and frees up valuable working hours that can be used more usefully for other purposes,” remarks Hendrik Franke of Glasurit Training & RCC Management.

Process simplified

Working hours are a major factor in the bodyshop, accounting on average for 60 per cent of the entire repair cost. If the new filler system enables a working step to be dispensed with, bodyshops can offer their services at a cheaper rate – and they can do that while maintaining a high quality standard for their refinish work!

Not only is Glasurit a household name worldwide, on account of the premium quality of its paint products, but also because the paint manufacturer makes more efforts than any other to organise the painting process more and more efficiently for the bodyshops. “When developing our new filler system too, we attached particular importance to shortening the process and making it even simpler”, explains Hendrik Franke.

Thus, for instance, e-coated new parts no longer have to be scuff sanded. The time savings here come to about 15 per cent per job. Furthermore, bodyshops benefit from the more flexible overcoating time of up to 5 days. That means they can coat several new panels in a single working step and do the further processing bit by bit. That frees up capacities in the spraybooth and provides a basis for optimal utilisation.

Great potential in future

The newly-developed 522-10 Additive ensures that the filler adheres to plastic substrates even without using adhesion promoters or special-purpose products. If you use the plastic additive instead of the reducer you can cut out one working step and thus reduce your working hours by up to 25 per cent. The fact that the additive now makes use of the whole of Glasurit’s grey shade concept for plastic substrates too is a source of additional optimisation possibilities. On plastic substrates too, bodyshops can now make the colour of the filler match the topcoat exactly and thus reduce the topcoat consumption by up to 40 per cent.

In view of the fact that the advantages are so numerous, Hendrik Franke is convinced: “In future, non-sanding fillers will play a greater role in the industry, for hardly any bodyshop can afford not to exploit major potential savings.”