A French company, Novacel, has developed a new polyolefin-based film material that is said to be capable of protecting car bodies against acid rain, bird dropping, scratches, and other shiny metal hazards for up to nine months. NOVAGUARD 9275 is a mere 60-µm thick and has a solvent-free adhesive that is said to adhere even during vehicle transport without liftoff.
We got to thinking about a couple of things. One is the recent sales results filed by the OEMs. The other is the leaner approach to production that the vehicle manufacturers are all embracing to some degree, more rather than less nowadays. And maybe there is a third, which that we’ve noticed that the parking lots surrounding Detroit Metropolitan Airport and other stretches of asphalt are no longer covered with brand new, unsold cars sitting there. Waiting.
Here’s hoping that while NOVAGUARD 9275 can protect vehicle surfaces for nine months, vehicle manufacturers will never again test limits to that extent.