Painting of aluminium panels - state of the art and development issues

Zhenhai Xu, Gerald Anyasodor, Yi Qin

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Auto-makers plan a broad shift from steel to aluminium uses over the next decade. In North America, for example, the target is to have 18% of vehicles having all-aluminium bodies by 2025, in spite of that only less than 1% has been achieved in 2014. To achieve this transformation, painting aluminium panels in a mass-production scale with high quality is an important requirement to be met, considering that for long-term protection and surface appearance of the vehicles to be made as well as cost issues. This paper presents a review work carried out on the key elements concerning the painting process, progress in research and applications. Special issues concerning painting aluminium, including the pretreatment of panels surface before e-coat application and the pretreatment of panels before paint baking, are particularly addressed, and remaining issues relating to high quality painting in mass production are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2015
Event4th International Conference on New Forming Technology - Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Aug 20159 Aug 2015 (conference web site)


Conference4th International Conference on New Forming Technology
Abbreviated titleICNFT2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • aluminium
  • painting process
  • pretreatment


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