Tecman Provide Protection Films for Automotive Industry Favourite ‘Piano Black’
An accent colour that has been a recent trend in the automotive industry is “piano black”, known for its similarity to the colour used on black piano keys. The colour is high gloss and very jet, and it is used for interior automotive trims, including trim spears on the instrument panel, central console surrounds, and door trim.
Issues with Piano Black
While the popularity of piano black continues to increase due to its attractive appearance, it does have some disadvantages.
Due to its high gloss finish, surfaces coated in piano black often show fingerprint marks and are highly susceptible to scratches. Painting surfaces with piano black is generally a two-step process, requiring a base coat and a clear coat. Sometimes a third step is also necessary.
Compared to colours that only require one process, piano black is more expensive and parts coated in the colour often have higher scrap rates. They are also easily marked during the removal of protection films, which is why Tecman have been working closely with Mankiewicz and Jaguar Land Rover to produce an automotive interior protection film that can be applied to gloss painted plastics.
Protection Films from Tecman
Automotive components that have gloss black surfaces, such as centre consoles and interior trim, are covered with protection films by the moulding manufacturers immediately after paint to protect these surfaces during the rest of the manufacturing process. This brings its own challenges as often a PU paint system is still outgassing and can cause bubbling if covered in a film too early after cure.
In addition surfaces are easily damaged during the manufacturing process, so protection films need to be easy and accurate to apply in order to protect the components painted in piano black. In order to prevent damage occurring to components painted piano black, Tecman has devoted a lot of time and effort into processes that will allow complex, die-cut films to be applied accurately, quickly, and easily reducing process time.
0260904 Static Protection Film
Tecmans 0260904 static Automotive protection film is a non-adhesive static bond protection film, which is perfect for use on a vulnerable gloss surface, such as piano black, as it has clean removability. As no adhesive is used, no temperature control is required to remove the protection film from the surface. 0260904 static protection film is also flexible, enabling it to be used on complex shapes and geometries.
0250540 Automotive Protection Film
The 0250540 automotive protection film from Tecman can be applied directly after piano black is painted onto a component, and because the protection film is extremely tough it can be kept in place throughout the assembly and manufacturing process through to the car dealerships where it is removed cleanly without any adhesive residue.
While the 0250540 automotive protection film provides excellent adhesion to piano black surfaces, it’s outstanding clean peel performance ensures that the surface is not damaged when it is removed.
Jaguar Land Rover have approved both the 0250540 Automotive Protection Film and the 0260904 Static Protection Film for use on their piano black painted plastic interior parts.
Designed with a variety of specialist features, the die-cut protection film components can be placed accurately and quickly, which considerably increasing the efficiency during the automotive manufacturing process.
With over 2 decades of experience in developing advanced self-adhesive solutions to improve applications, Tecman does not use a one-size-fits-all approach. Their application engineers consider and analyse every aspect of projects on a case by case basis, with their focus being on increasing efficiency and reducing costs to improve the overall performance.
The Essential Guide to Automotive Surface Protection Films
Tecman’s interactive guide to automotive surface protection films presents essential information for OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers looking for the most effective solutions for automotive surface protection applications. Download the guide below.
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