News | October 3, 2022

Solvay Launches SolvaLite Surfacing Film For Automotive Body Panels At CAMX 2022

Fast cure and impeccable flatness for large Class A painted surfaces, compatible with advanced prepregs for high-volume applications.

Solvay has announced the launch of SolvaLite SF200 surfacing film, a light tack film for ‘Class A’ paintable body panels. The new product will officially be introduced to the market at the Composite and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Anaheim, California, where Solvay will be exhibiting its comprehensive composites offering from October 17 through 20, 2022, at Booth W56.

“With a curing time of less than 10 minutes at 150 °C, our new SolvaLite SF200 Surfacing Film lends prepreg layups for high-class automotive body panels a very smooth cured surface where impeccable flatness is an indispensable prerequisite for painting,” says Dan Eskelsen, Head of Product and Asset Management Adhesives at Solvay’s Composites business unit. “The product is based on our latest fast-cure technology and compatible with autoclave curing. It combines a longer outlife than previous surface films with good adhesion to automotive paints and primers, and minimizes the required rework prior to painting.”

Moreover, SolvaLite® SF200 provides a one-stop solution for OEMs and tier suppliers who wish to receive a perfectly matched prepreg and surface film package from a single source. The new surfacing film is targeted at large body panels used on premium sports and other luxury class vehicles. It complements Solvay’s new series of SolvaLite 714 Prepregs available in a wide range of unidirectional carbon fiber reinforced and woven-fabric formats for automotive and other high-volume press-cure applications.

Source: Solvay