New glass bonding technology from Dow Automotive promises to speed OEM installation of windshields, backlights, sunroofs, and quarter glasses. Suitable for manual or robotic application, the BETASEAL Uni-wipe system goes on as a single clear wipe on the glass followed by the application of a new adhesive that bonds to a wide range of clearcoats without the use of body flange primer. A fluorescing agent added to the clear wipe makes it easy, with the right lighting, to verify proper application during the glass installation process. The new adhesive is UV-resistant, eliminating the need for glass blackout primer on typical ceramic enamel coatings. The short flash time of the clear wipe and the reduction in priming steps provides up to 75 percent reduction in glass preparation cycle time and reduces the related VOC output by up to 53 percent, according to Dow estimates. Go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-528 for more information.
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