"This is useful in deciding whether a given dispersing resin solution or paint vehicle
will wet the pigment or explaining why it does not."
It is important to note that fractional distillation and synthesis of oils have made available cheap and specialized paint vehicles
, especially by producing drying oils from non-drying types.
Ford, which was the first automaker to implement the 3-Wet high solids solvent borne technology in 2007, currently has eight plants in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe equipped for using the process to paint vehicles
. That will expand to 12 plants in 2013, and then to additional facilities worldwide over the next four years.
For applications above 200[degrees]C (400[degrees]F), paint vehicles
based on silicone, epoxy-silicone, or polyamide are used.
Originally this involved making all the county's taxi drivers paint vehicles
in two-tone colours to signify what sort of cabbies they were.
With the system, automakers will no longer have to paint vehicles
"The base coat mixes all of the powder we reclaim from the painting process," says Rick Tansey, technical manager at PPG's Automotive Powder Coatings division, "which makes this painting method very economical." Not only does it eliminate the need to paint vehicles
in batches so the over spray can be collected, cleaned, and reused, it uses 98% of the paint powder sprayed.