Bruce Mooring, of Lightning Composites on Queensland’s Gold Coast, has been using ATL’s KINETIX® Epoxy Systems and DURATEC® in-mould coatings for several years to meet the high strength and toughness required by the high performance motor-sport industry, specifically V8 Supercars.
Bruce continues to use DURATEC® 714-002 White Surface Primer for his front bumpers, which is lighter than standard gelcoat systems, and allows him to go straight to the topcoat application after minimum sanding.
DURATEC® 904-046 Top Coat Clear is used in areas that require a clear carbon finish, for example, on the dash, door skins and rear wings.
Recently, Bruce has made the change from vacuum-bagged wet epoxy lamination, to closed-mould infusion with ATL’s KINETIX® R118 / H120 and consumables from the AIRTECH range.
Bruce uses a variety of advanced E-fibreglass and carbon reinforcements, and structural foam cores, to provide lightweight stiffness to the parts, and all secondary bonding is completed with TECHNIGLUE R5 toughened adhesive, tinted with WEST SYSTEM® 502 Black pigment paste.
DURATEC® 714-002 provides a super-fine levelling and filling system on a variety of substrates. Rapid coat build-up, wet-on-wet, on composite plugs and master mold surfaces will save time and labour costs. Once cured, 714-002 cures to a surface that can be polished to a high-gloss , if required.
DURATEC® 904-046 Top Coat Clear provides a superior chemical resistant, high-gloss finish that sands easily and polishes to a non-wax, tack-free finish that is suitable for architectural woodwork, automotive dashboards, kitchen cabinetry, marine and aircraft interiors and musical instruments.
KINETIX® R118 infusion resin with H120 hardener is a very low viscosity, room temperature system that enhances fibre-wetting, and enables the production of void-free laminates that have excellent mechanical properties and high moisture resistance.
TECHNIGLUE R5 toughened adhesive has outstanding resistance to micro-cracking resulting in a greatly improved resistance to fatigue. Impact resistance of FRP structures can also be improved significantly.
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