Entire product ranges in demand
The key factors are always temperature resistance, often corrosion protection, adhesion with plastic components and, of course, resistance to lubricants and gasoline. “For many years, we’ve been supplying metallic single-coat paints for components like engine compartment covers, which fulfill the specifications of different carmakers and give plastic components a technical, metallic look,” says Baumgärtel. Wörwag is currently developing a paint for a plastic engine compartment cover.
For engines, demand spans the entire product range from water-based or conventional liquid coatings in single- or multilayer variants to UV coatings and powder. The latest trend: textured coatings. An engine so pretty you want to touch it? Wolf shrugs. “In my car, the engine compartment has to be small enough to keep the martens out.”
Text: Benjamin Baumann
Photos: Image Source / Alamy, Boris Schmalenberger