Peterbilt’s new base and clear coat formulations keep the shine, reduce carbon footprint

by Truck West

DENTON, Texas – Toss out that bottle of vehicle wax – Peterbilt Motors Company’s new Axalta coatings will not only keep your truck looking shiny and new, but is also environmentally friendly.

“The new paint coatings have better colour characteristics for greater gloss, reflectivity and luster,” said Leon Handt, Peterbilt’s assistant general manager of operations. “Resistance to environmental damage, such as acid rain, de-icers and bird debris is also increased.”

The company said that if repainting or refinishing is required, such as in the event of collision repair, Peterbilt dealerships could use the same paint formulations to ensure consistency and durability, which is robotically applied at its Denton, Texas facility.

And, because Peterbilt says the paint dries faster than previous formulations, drying ovens operate at a lower temperature, which requires less energy and produces fewer emissions.

“These benefits further promote Peterbilt’s green initiatives and environmental leadership,” said Handt, including the plant’s zero-waste-to-landfill program, no-idle policy and carpooling and shuttle services.

Peterbilt Motors Company’s new Axalta coatings.
Peterbilt Motors Company’s new Axalta coatings.

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