MATERIALS: 'Self-Texturing' PVC Compounds For Exterior Automotive

Teknor's new PVC compounds for exterior automotive moldings and trims yield attractive surfaces.

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New PVC compounds that boast built-in ‘self-texturing’ capability have been launched by Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, R.I. Targeted for use in automotive exterior moldings and trim—such as, roof ditch moldings between roof and body sections, window lace trim between A pillars and windshield, and belt-line body trim, Apex 1545-D40 ST extrusion compounds are said to make secondary “texturing” steps such as top-coating or millings unnecessary.

            These compounds can be coextruded, bond well to metal, and exhibit physical properties comparable to standard PVC. They are said to yield attractive surfaces that stay uniform over time. The company can provide custom color and gloss matching to many OEM standards, including the various shades of black used in the industry. 

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