Plastic Auto Parts That Won't Need A Primer Coat

Increased use of plastics for bumpers, fenders, and other body panels has helped auto makers reduce weight and increase gas mileage. But the "electrostatic" painting systems they use require that painted surfaces be electrically grounded. So, plastic fenders and bumpers must be primed with a conductive paint before they can be sprayed with enamels. That priming adds as much as $7 per bumper or fender.

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