CRFMs are distinguished by their very high strength and low weight relative to metals such as aluminum and steel. These characteristics make them a material of choice for high performance items such as cars, aircraft, boats, rotor blades of wind turbines, etc. Until recently, the long-term external exposure of CFRMs simply wasn’t possible without additional layers of pigmented coating, because the aromatic epoxy matrix in which the carbon fiber weave is embedded is sensitive to sunlight.
Tinuvin CarboProtect in a coating provides superior and longer lasting protection from CFRMs or other UV-sensitive substrates. It also creates a variety of new design options:
• The use of stylistic high performance structural material.
• An opportunity to display the various weave patterns of carbon fiber.
• The black color of the CFRM is an accommodating base for clear coats tinted with transparent color pigments and sparkling effect pigments enabling decorative and stylistic features.