The evolution of silver: "AluShine" by Standox | 14/09/04 | Word document
Functional, sporting, elegant: the new special-effect shade "AluShine" from Standox, Wuppertal, is entirely in keeping with today's spirit. The silver-coloured waterborne metallic finish stands out above all through its surprising surface appearance: the painted body looks as if it has just emerged from a bath of aluminium – with not a trace of pigment or glitter to be seen.
Developed for complete resprays, "AluShine" is the first water-thinnable product to feature optical properties similar to those of aluminium. "AluShine" can also be impressively varied: depending on the type of clearcoat used, various fascinating effects can be produced – from shining aluminium through silky silver to satiny platinum.
Standox presented its new special-effect tone at the Press Conference in Cologne in September. At present, "AluShine" is exclusively available to authorised and specially trained Standox refinishers whose professional expertise ensures a top-quality refinish meeting the highest standards. The new product's market launch is being supported by a comprehensive package of sales promotion activities.
I have nano-paint technology on my 2004 SL55 AMG which goes with a "C" code of "C723" for Pewter Silver. It's unlikely that the 5-layer application can be done to the original standards outside of the MB factory unless it's repair work at a very few places that can afford the multi-million $$$ facilities ( I mentioned a new place in San Diego on another thread). Then again, that's for original nano-tech panels. It involves a careful multi-step 400 F baking process starting with the stripped panel at the factory not just on the exterior surface and a whole slew of detailed processes which makes it very expensive and a pain to match if your MB were to be in an accident. That being said, it's definitely superior to other standard clearcoat paint processes especially if you have a BLACK vehicle.
Post-production shops can't possibly meet the same quality of OEM if you see the factory process link below, even with the rare/highly-expensive facilities dedicated to MB nano-tech paint. Still, the effective ceramic nano-tech clearcoat is really just the last layer that needs to mesh with the 4 previous micro-thin layers. If you have the hook-up, it's definitely worthwhile in quality to get your FX clear-coated in nano-tech ceramic.