Kenworth makes clear-coat finish standard on all models

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Kenworth Truck Co. announced that a clear-coat finish is now part of the standard paint application on all models to help provide enhanced, long-lasting paint quality. Kenworth says it uses DuPont Imron Elite clear coat, which is durable and suited for trucks that face extreme weather conditions and power washing. Made of polyurethane, the clear coat is applied over the color base coat paint to provide a thickness and layer of protection.

“The clear-coat finish gives each Kenworth truck even more depth of gloss, as well as protection from ultraviolet rays,” says Marilyn Santangelo, assistant general manager of operations for the Kirkland, Wash.-based truck maker. “Clear coating will help maintain the beauty and high-quality factory finish of a Kenworth over the long haul.”

As with the base paint, the clear coat is applied by robotics to ensure uniform painting and minimal waste, Santangelo says. “Applying paint is now an art of precision, with the right amount of paint applied each and every time,” she says. “This not only gives our customers a beautiful paint job, it’s also good for the environment as we minimize paint waste.”