Whether you are painting small parts or large truck bodies, even the slightest change in temperature or viscosity can lead to inconsistent coverage, quality control problems, or other issues that will impact your final product.
With proprietary solutions that can be easily installed at the point-of-use and throughout your finishing process, Saint Clair Systems makes it easy to control temperature and viscosity, enabling you to deliver the perfect finish.
Automotive finishing is one of the most important steps of auto manufacturing. The paint and clear coat do more than just make the car look good – they serve as protective coatings to shield the vehicle from the elements.
Your finishing process is critical. Fluctuations in paint temperature, booth air temperature, humidity, and countless other variables can lead to bubbles, ripples, thin film, dry spray, craters, or any other of the long list of imperfections that weaken paint and leave vehicles vulnerable to rust and decay. Whether you are a paint shop, or a Tier I or Tier II Supplier, Saint Clair Systems can offer solutions for your process.IMPROVE YOUR PROCESS
For more than 25 years, Saint Clair Systems has been providing temperature control tools and solutions for industrial finishers that specialize in a number of areas:
With over 3600 applications under our belt, we have the experience and expertise to streamline your processes and cut costs.
A potential customer was confident their processes were running fine and temperature control would offer minimal benefit.
So, we provided a free analysis of their systems using our proprietary software. We were able to show how differences in paint temperature were leading to excess coating. Our proposed solution saved over $500,000 in coating and solvent usage.
Interested in improving your finishing process? We’ll evaluate your process for improvements. If needed, we’ll even provide a demo product to show you the improvements first-hand.Request a Demo Unit
We reported increased stability in striation patterns when applying PVC to aluminum to create a woodgrain finish. We reported significant reductions in color match issues as a result of consistent film build
Steelscape reported reduced “ropiness” when applying Polyester to steel resulting in a finish that “looks sprayed rather than rolled, Steelscape reported 75% reduction in solvent pop due to reduced solvent addition. Steelscape reported 100% reduction in solvents added to primers and backers and 60% reduction in solvents added to finish coats. This was the easiest capital project implementations that we’ve ever done!
Our system provided the biggest bang for the buck of any capital project so far!
Reported solvent reductions between 80% - 100%
As part of our ongoing continuous improvement plan at Roush, we decided to take a more aggressive approach to our temperature control in the paint shop. The resulting quality improvement was immediately noted and helped drive our FTC (First Time Capability) up and sustain it where we needed it to be.
At Valspar, we formulate our paints to run under a variety of different conditions and process variables. One of the primary variables is the paint temperature, which can vary from 40°F to 100°F based on the conditions at the coil coating facility. This wide swing in temperature can play havoc with both paint viscosity and application setup. Having consistent and targeted paint temperature removes this process variable and its effects from the equation. Additionally, having consistent paint temperature ensures optimal (minimal) usage of expensive reducing solvents to attain the desired viscosity and applied paint film thickness.
“Being able to control the temperature within a narrow range as paint is being used can be very beneficial. The most obvious benefit is a reduced amount of solvent usage. This is not only more economical for the coater but also reduces the environmental impact and health risks to their employees. Reducing the amount of solvent added [provides] additional benefit to the performance of the paint being used. The two major benefits are: Reduced possibility of having solvent popping or blistering problems. The addition of too much solvent to certain paints or certain colors of paints may cause color shifts or gloss changes and by reducing the amount that needs to be added this can be avoided.”
You show us your process. We show you viscosity and temperature control solutions that can improve product quality and efficiency, while reducing waste.
If your process requires it, we can even provide a demo unit to show you the power of these solutions first-hand.