The Newsletter on Repairing & Refinishing Automotive Plastics
Spring 2006 / Issue Number 22
New Wall Chart Makes it Easy to Select Refinishing
With the introduction of our new TEO) bumpers that often come from
Prime Time catalyzed waterborne Toyota, Nissan, Kia, and Subaru, our
adhesion sealer in September tried-and-true Bumper & Cladding
2005, we now have a product to Coat Adhesion Primer is the ticket.
address virtually every problem that With the Bumper & Cladding Coat,
body shops face when refinishing scuffing is optional. The surface
replacement plastic bumpers. needs only to be cleaned with our
Prime Time is designed for the 1000 Super Clean plastic cleaner.
refinish of OEM primed bumpers. We’ve got the products, but
These bumpers usually have a slick you’ve got to know when to use
black primer that is difficult to them. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if
sand. Prime Time makes it easier a bumper is raw TPO or if it has a
to prepare these bumpers for paint primer. For example, usually GM
because the surface only has to be bumpers have a slick black primer.
scuffed with our 1020 Scuff Magic But the made-in-Australia Pontiac
and a red scuff pad. GTO has a raw TPO bumper.
Prime Time also works very well To help you decide which product
on the raw polyurethane (PUR) is right for the job at hand, we have
bumpers that come from Toyota created a wall chart that you can
(example pre-2001 Camry). The hang on the wall in your mixing
only preparation step required is to booth. At a glance the wall chart
You can easily determine the correct refinish
scuff the surface with our 1020 Scuff gives you bumper identification tips,
Magic prep soap and a red scuff pad. procedure with our new wall chart. surface prep procedures, and refinish
For the raw TPO (PP/EPDM, Call today for your free copy! procedures.
Technical Bulletin: OEM Primed Bumpers Must Be Scuffed
Prior to Application of Prime Time
When Prime Time was first released, the only preparation that was recommended
was to clean the surface of the OEM primed bumper with 1000 Super Clean plastic
cleaner. Due to the recent discovery of a single bumper that did not respond to this
preparation technique, we must now recommend that all OEM primed bumpers be
scuffed with our 1020 Scuff Magic prep soap and a red scuff pad.
Despite successfully testing the product over a two-year development period
on many different OEM primed bumpers (several from each manufacturer), it was
impossible to test the Prime Time on every single bumper in existence. In early
January, we heard two reports of customers having problems with the Prime Time
sticking to a Ford Crown Victoria bumper. We purchased this bumper and discovered
that Prime Time did not stick adequately to the unscuffed primer.
Because there may be other bumpers with this type of primer out there that we 1020 Scuff Magic
have not tested, we decided to recommend that all bumpers be scuffed with 1020
Scuff Magic prep soap and a red Scotchbrite scuff pad (or equivalent). This would Plastic Prep Soap
replace the requirement for 1000 Super Clean plastic cleaner, so there is still only one
cleaning step required. Offer expires: April 30, 2006
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This easy-to-read wall chart
measures 24” wide by 36” tall and No Catalyzed recommended.
We have discovered another
it’s available free to you for the
asking. If you’re a current user of
Basecoats on incompatible type of topcoat:
catalyzed basecoat systems. We have
our refinishing products, you’ll find
the wall chart a valuable resource
Bumper & Cladding had a handful of problems in the field
with catalyzed basecoats, particularly
for bumper identification tips. And
if you’re just thinking about using
Adhesion Primer from Glasurit.
We are not sure of the reason why,
Bumper & Cladding Coat
our products, the chart will show you but for some reason the catalyzed
Adhesion Primer is one of our
how simple our procedures really are basecoat is peeling from the Bumper
most popular products due to its
and hopefully convince you to try us & Cladding Coat. The adhesion of
outstanding adhesion to raw TPO.
out. the Bumper & Cladding Coat to the
Because it has a 1K formulation,
Please call 800-633-3047 today underlying TPO does not seem to be
some topcoats cannot be used over
and ask for your free wall chart! affected.
Bumper & Cladding Coat. For
Here is our recommendation:
example, single-stage urethanes
If you want to take advantage of
and 2K primer surfacers are not
Telling the Difference Between a Primed
TECH and a Raw TPO Bumper
Because OEM primed and raw TPO bumpers require different preparation steps, it is important to be able to tell them
apart. This is sometimes difficult to do because many OEM primed bumpers are so smooth that they look like they’re raw.
Here’s a brief lesson on how to tell an raw bumper from a primed one. For more complete information, call 800-633-3047
and request a free wall chart.
1128 Kirk Rd., Rainsville, AL 35986 Fax 800-824-0087
the adhesion benefits of Bumper & Model 5. At a suggested User price Finally the Book describes our
Cladding Coat Adhesion Primer, of $159.95, it’s also a good choice adhesive repair systems, especially
then do NOT use the catalyst in the for the budget-minded repairman. focusing on our exclusive PlastiFix
basecoat. However, if you feel more For more information on the repair kit for rigid plastics. It
strongly about the importance of MicroWeld, please call us. Here’s a concludes with a section about how
the catalyst in the basecoat, then do quick look at the specs: to identify new replacement bumpes
NOT use Bumper & Cladding Coat MicroWeld 100 Specifications and the best product to refinish them
Adhesion Primer. 100 W Heating Element w/ temp control
with. Bonus sections include bumper
tab and padded dash repair.
2045W Stainless Steel Mesh
New Welder for the 6027HT Tube Welding Tip
What would you expect to pay
for such valuable, money-making
Polyurethne Welding Rod
Polypropylene Welding Rod
information? $30? $100? No, the
Book is absolutely FREE! We hope
We are proud to announce the 5003R3 ABS Welding Rod that by educating you about plastic
availability of our new MicroWeld 5003R4 Polyethylene Welding Rod
repair that you’ll do it and buy your
100, a new welder designed for the supplies from us! Please call today to
5003R9 PVC Gray Welding Rod get a copy of the new Book!
The MicroWeld 100 is the 5003R12 HDPE Welding Rod
first airless plastic welder with an Welding Stand & Carrying Case
integral temperature control switch.
Adjustable temperature settings
allow for use of heat-sensitive rods
New Book of Celebrates 25th
like ABS and polyurethane.
We designed the MicroWeld 100
for do-it-yourselfers, agricultural,
and industrial repair because the Repair Available It’s hard to believe that 25 years
have gone by since Jim Sparks
Hot off the presses is our latest invented the Mini-Weld airless
update of the classic “Book of plastic welder and pioneered the
Automotive Plastic Repair.” We’ve field of automotive plastic repair.
expanded the Book to 16 pages from Even though the field has grown and
12 to make room for new information become more complex over the past
on hot air welding and our new quarter century, Urethane Supply is
bumper refinishing products like focused only on plastic repair and
Prime Time and Bumper & Cladding refinishing, so you can count on us
Coat. to keep up to date with the latest
Mini-Weld Model 5 is often overkill The Book changes.
for these more simple applications. takes you step- To help celebrate our 25th
For this reason, it comes with by-step through
PVC and HDPE rod, which are not the entire repair
common automotive plastics. process for
For automotive use, the Mini- virtually any
Weld Model 5 is the best choice, type of plastic.
since it comes with our popular First is a very
FiberFlex universal welding rod, complete plastic
which works very well on TPO ID chart that
bumpers. It also comes with nylon, gives you the ID symbols, common
which is essential for the repair of applications, and suggested repair anniversary, we’ve printed up a
radiator tanks, intake manifolds, etc. methods. limited edition t-shirt. We’re selling
The Model 5 is more fully featured, The Book then describes in the shirts for $9.95, but we’re giving
and for this reason, the Model 5 detail the three different types of them away for FREE to our good
continues to be the most popular airless welding processes, including customers.
plastic welder in the automotive FiberFlex universal rod. There’s a Please see the coupon on the
repair industry. new section on hot air welding that last page of the Plastic Pointers
However, the MicroWeld 100 is lets you know about this high-speed for details on how to get your free
a great option for those who can’t repair technique that’s taking the t-shirt!
justify moving up to the Mini-Weld bumper recycling market by storm.
Tech Support & Ordering Information 800-633-3047