Acrylic Q. Is it realatively easy to distinguish Dupont Imron paint from acrylic based paint? Would Imron chemically change over time through weathering, etc to the point of affecting ones ability to ID it as Imron vs. Would heat generated from painted metals rubbing together from say a vehicle accident have the ability to change the chemical make up of acrylic to make it chemically test like Imron? Imron might very well be based on an acrylic resin as opposed to a polyester resin, both of which are used in industrial "polyurethane" coatings.

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In the 32 years since then, Imron has lived up to that appellation, and in the process has become the most well-known paint among the manufacturers, owners and painters of commercial vehicles. Indeed, when truck owners, aircraft owners and those in the refinish industry speak of polyurethane enamels, the first name that comes to mind is Imron. While the term polyurethane enamel has many meanings to many suppliers and users, a polyurethane is any polymer that contains urethane chemical bonds.

In the refinish business, this is achieved by the reaction of an isocyanate-containing activator with a polymeric binder. The larger paint companies tend to use the term "urethane" to describe their most premium products. It is important to note, however, that some paint makers have capitalized on the polyurethane image, and use this term to describe inferior products.

Thus, "polyurethane" does not always mean superior quality. The acrylic chemistry provides durability and hardness, and the polyester chemistry delivers chemical resistance.

These two chemistries, combined with the flexibility of the urethane crosslink, provide an excellent balance of properties for the cost. Quality polyurethanes, being the best performing systems, give the longest paint cycles to fleet users.

Truck Industry With Imron, DuPont has been the primary topcoat supplier to the five heavy-duty manufacturers for the past 15 years. Dozens of other OEMs, including major van converters, bus manufacturers and truck bodybuilders, use Imron on their products. A major reason for this popularity is not only its performance as a finish, but its performance in the paint shop in terms of productivity and economy.

Standard Imron polyurethane enamel is an easy-to-use, single-stage finish that delivers exceptional gloss and DOI distinctness of image and outstanding durability. It is available in virtually any color. In fact, one mixing machine with 40 high-strength tints creates all color formulations for Imron , Imron and Imron For the ultimate in glamour and durability, with VOC compliance, there is Imron polyurethane enamel.

It offers better hiding and more film build per pass for higher productivity. All of the thousands of colors have a maximum of 3. The polyurethane enamel offers the highest productivity and performance with the lowest VOC. It is available in 3. High-strength tints and a high-solids formulation cut material usage nearly in half.

Less coating use translates to about half the time - Imron goes on in about half the time it takes for conventional urethanes. It is a versatile, user-friendly system that is easy to apply, and delivers a "no surprises" topcoat.

It is applied with two separate coats, as opposed to the cross-coat technique recommended for And like , Imron is ideal for in-kind repairs. That means it can be used on original equipment such as Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt and Volvo heavy-duty trucks, all of which are factory-finished with Imron Imron Clearcoat EZS provides outstanding cleanability, coupled with resistance to chemicals and graffiti.

As a result, it offers exceptional cleanup properties while resisting dirt, road tar and tree sap, as well as graffiti. When used over these products, it produces a durable clearcoat with excellent appearance on vertical surfaces.

EZS resists such compounds as hydrochloric acids and gasoline, as well as strong alkalines and other aggressive chemicals often used to remove graffiti. This high-solids polyurethane topcoat, which is virtually free of hazardous air pollutants, has been adopted by five major heavy-duty truck manufacturers.

The manufacturers - Freightliner, Sterling Truck, Peterbilt, Kenworth and Mack - chose Imron Elite because it imparts unsurpassed gloss and resistance to chemicals, weathering, solvents and abrasion. The finishes utilize new dispersant-based color coat technology that, in addition to improved finish appearance and performance, increase productivity because of shorter flash time between the basecoat and clearcoat.

With Imron Elite, repair shops can easily recreate that exceptional factory finish, a finish that is smooth and glossy, with reduced orange peel. The Imron Elite system includes: DuPont Imron Elite SS Polyurethane Enamel Topcoat - A high-gloss, extremely durable single-stage for use on commercial vehicles, trucks and trailers, wherever superior performance and appearance are required.

This air-dry urethane also may be force-dried for extra versatility. Designed for use with Imron Elite Clearcoat, it provides unsurpassed gloss and resistance to chemicals, weathering, solvents and abrasion. DuPont Imron Elite S Polyurethane Clearcoat - A high-gloss, extremely durable clear that resists yellowing and provides exceptional resistance to chemicals, solvents and environmental attack. This easy-to-use clear has good flow-out, excellent sag resistance, and is recommended for both air-dry and force-dry processes.

Common activators and accelerators make it simple to adjust the performance of the Imron Elite system for different application needs. Repeated tests also prove that the Elite system has superior high-hiding capabilities and excellent sag resistance.

In addition, lower viscosity colors make a superior Imron Elite finish even easier to apply with standard shop equipment, saving both time and money.

For more information on this Imron polyurethane enamel, visit the DuPont Performance Coatings website, www.


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