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Development of metal plating on SMC

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Application of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) to exterior body panels of automobiles is intended to meet weight reduction demands. There has always been a strong demand for metal plating exterior body panels, which is especially true for the domestic truck market. However, metal plating on SMC with excellent adhesion and surface quality has never been attained with the technology heretofore in use. In order to meet such needs, the metal plating technique on SMC by changing the components in in-mold coating has been developed.

Keywords: FRP; Plastics; body panel; in-mold coating; plating

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Isuzu Advanced Engineering Center, Ltd. Material Department, Tsuchidana, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, 252 Japan

Publication date: 1996-01-01

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