Until now, two-color paint finishes have inevitably involved two painting processes with masking-off beforehand. Overspray-free painting technology revolutionizes this time-consuming and material-intensive process. A robot-controlled high-precision laser instrument measures the laser-brazed seam between the car’s roof and side panel frame. An applicator then applies a black paint specially developed for this method onto the body in strips, with millimeter precision but without spray mist. The precision with which the fine strips of paint are applied enables the contrasting paint finish to be created in a single process, saving time and money while also benefiting the environment. In just 120 seconds, a body roof is painted with the contrasting color. By way of comparison, when masking, the fixing and removal of the masking tape alone takes about 50 minutes.
Audi has been testing the new painting process intensively since spring 2018 to get it ready for series production. Since summer 2019, it has been possible to create contrasting paint finishes with a black roof within the series production process. The new technology not only reduces the amount of paint used; it also means masking material is no longer required. That enables Audi to save resources while broadening its customers’ scope for customization.
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