The automotive industry is increasing its use of powder coatings for economic, quality,
and environmental reasons.
Powder is being used in the automotive industry for the exterior bond intermediate
coat known as a "primer surfacer", as well as for finishing of underhood
components. Powder is being used for the exterior body intermediate coat on select
models of Lincoln, Chevrolet, Daimler-Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Dodge, and Jeep.
Clear powder coatings, as an alternative to solvent-based clear coats, are being
used for automotive applications such as finishing wheels. Clear coats are also
now being used over automotive exterior basecoats by some European manufacturers
such as BMW and Volvo.
Parts that require extra protection as well as a decorative finish are increasingly
being powder coated. Wheels, hubcaps, door handles, radiators, decorative trim,
bumpers, shock absorbers, mirror frames, oil filters, engine blocks, battery trays,
and coil springs are some of the many automotive products being powder coated.