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Solvent/Waterborne system cuts repair time

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  • Industry’s first automotive refinish system that utilizes single set of toners
  • Two-tone and tri-coat processes
  • Reduction of basecoat solvent emissions by up to 90 percent

Collision repair shops have a large responsibility of continually optimizing processes to keep the repair time between vehicle drop-off and pick-up as minimal as possible. Yet many still rely on multiple paint systems, which create inefficiencies. BASF’s R-M Onyx HD is the industry’s first automotive refinish system that utilizes a single set of toners that can be mixed to create a solventborne or waterborne finish. Painters can select the type of finish depending upon the needs of the specific job.

Reduction of basecoat solvent emissions by up to 90 percent

The conventional method of having solventborne and waterborne formulas requires collision shops to install dual paint lines and mixing machines, creating additional costs for businesses. With the R-M Onyx HD system, they only need one.

Onyx HD was launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2013 and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, enabling shops to reduce basecoat solvent emissions by up to 90 percent.

Two-tone and tri-coat processes

Using the same equipment for any waterborne basecoat system, the Onyx HD features two-tone and tri-coat processes where the painter can switch between water-borne and solventborne formulas. The system also fully aligns with the BASF Color-Max system. Engineered to allow for more precise color matching, Onyx HD is able to handle an additional number of dark and grey toners and requires an average of one half fewer coats than some conventional finishes.

Customer testimonials

“Some colors that require ground coats are much faster with the Onyx Low VOC system,” says Greg Nantais, collision manager of Provincial Chrysler. “Even with transparent colors that need extra coats, the product dries faster – which means less time in the booth.”

“For two-tones, the Onyx Low VOC is the best system I’ve ever used,” says Henry Martinez, paint shop manager at Scott Robinson Honda. With a big territory to cover, Paint Shop Manager Henry Martinez said they rely on the system to move vehicles through the shop. “It just saves time,” said Martinez, calling the system “very painter-friendly.”



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