The new Extreme Speed Process, known as ESP, from Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp. (SWAFC), uses patent-pending technology to manage solvent inside a refinish system, allowing collision centers to refinish vehicles faster than ever before. According to the company, the technology considerably cuts the inefficient process of waiting for paint to dry or flash, which means improved cycle times and improved customer satisfaction, more productivity and more profit.

According to Nick Bartoszek, SWAFC director of global product management, the breakthrough is linked to the technological advances of a new clearcoat and an innovative solvent management process during the repair. The clearcoat, CC931, is a premium-quality, high-solids urethane clearcoat that cures in five to 10 minutes or less at 140°F, thus making it possible to reassemble the vehicle in as little as 15 minutes. It can be applied in two coats, wet-on-wet with no flash time required between coats, and can cut booth wait times by at least 50% over previous technologies.

With ESP, some finishing operations have been able to significantly shift their repair paint cycle time down to 30 minutes or less.

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