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When AkzoNobel Car Refinishes introduced its pioneering new Sikkens Autoclear UV clearcoat in 2006, the automotive industry was quick to recognize its revolutionary impact on bodyshop productivity and profitability. Capable of harnessing the power of UV to dry in just six minutes, not only can the award-winning product radically improve bodyshop capacity, but it’s also low in VOCs and relies on low intensity UV-A light.

Now Car Refinishes has launched another industry first – the innovative UV LED spray gun. A patented device which applies and cures at the same time, when combined with Autoclear UV, it offers bodyshops a unique opportunity to become both more sustainable and more profitable.

Taking full advantage of the quick drying technology of Autoclear UV, the new spray gun offers added flexibility and profitability because more repairs can be carried out during the course of a working week. It also drastically reduces the energy costs (up to 25 percent) involved in heating the ovens used in more traditional vehicle refinish bodyshop operations. So there’s no need to keep the gas burners on all day long, because curing can now start by simply pulling a trigger.

Employing the latest LED technology, the device requires no warm-up time, turns on and off instantly and is a shining example of AkzoNobel’s commitment to delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today.

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