Toyota Approves PPG Matte Clearcoat for New Lexus Supercar - BodyShop Business

Toyota Approves PPG Matte Clearcoat for New Lexus Supercar

Toyota has endorsed the global use of PPG clearcoat for the refinish repair of its new Lexus LFA super sports car. The approved PPG clearcoat, Global Refinish System D8113, is the first to pass Toyota’s specification criteria for the exclusive $400,000 car’s signature matte black finish.

A concept version of the Lexus LFA supercar was unveiled in 2009. Its unique lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) construction, impressive performance and unique matte black color immediately won international acclaim. In late 2010, when the LFA went into production with a projected run of just 500 vehicles, the distinctive matte black finish became one of 30 color options.

“We are very excited to be associated with the new Lexus LFA supercar,” said Ron Thomas, PPG OEM and EMEA technical marketing manager. “Toyota’s approval of our clearcoat is a major achievement and something to be proud of. Matte finishes are becoming increasingly popular in both luxury and mainstream automotive markets. This latest endorsement confirms PPG’s commitment to developing innovative, world-class products that address industry trends, while providing body shops with high-quality, easy-to-use repair solutions.”

Full-body matte finishes, particularly black, are extremely difficult to replicate using standard clearcoats and matting agents, according to PPG. Addressing the challenge, PPG Automotive Refinish developed the dedicated matte clearcoat for its premium Global Refinish System brand. Collision repair centers using D8113* can accurately match original matte colors and deliver an even, durable and long-lasting finish, PPG says.

This clearcoat can also be applied over rigid plastics without the need for special additives, making it ideal for use over the LFA’s characteristic CFRP cabin, as well as on grills, bumpers and exterior mirrors.

*D8113 is not compliant with current VOC regulations in California and Canada.

More information:

PPG Global Refinish System

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