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Publication Date: 03/2005
Pages: 5
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Developing multicolored powder primers at PSA Peugeot Citroën

This article discusses how France-based PSA Peugeot Citroën developed multicolored polyester-epoxy powder primers for use on cars produced at its newly renovated Mulhouse paint shop, one of the first lines in Europe to use colored powder primer coats. The automaker collaborated with France’s Compiègne University of Technology and various suppliers in its studies. The article explains how two key measuring devices--a powder rheometer1 and an optical surface profiler2--helped the automaker overcome powder flowability and orange-peel problems.

To answer recent restrictions in European legislation regarding volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, France-based PSA Peugeot Citroën has replaced conventional solvent paints with low-emission paint systems, including powder coating. For that, the company developed multicolored powder primer coatings for its Mulhouse paint shop renovation. The powder primers present two important advantages over solvent primers:
  • Powder primers are solvent-free, which makes them more ecologically safe than their liquid counterparts.
  • Powder primers can be reclaimed, which makes them more economical than their liquid counterparts.

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