Dry paint transfer-laminated body panels having deep-draw high DOI automotive paint coat

  • US 5,916,643 A
  • Filed: 04/07/1995
  • Issued: 06/29/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/1987
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A shaped exterior automotive body part having a contoured decorative outer surface, comprising a supporting substrate sheet and a decorative transfer film bonded to one side of said substrate sheet and conforming to said contoured surface, said decorative transfer film having a clear coat/color coat exterior automotive paint film comprising a flexible outer clear coat layer having a glossy, smooth outer surface, the clear coat layer formed of an optically clear, thermoplastic and thermoformable weatherable polymeric material, and a pigmented color coat of automotive quality paint adhered to an inner surface of said outer clear coat layer, the color coat formed of a thermoplastic and thermoformable polymeric material with pigments distributed therein to provide a layer of color visible to the outer surface of the automotive body part;

  • said supporting substrate sheet comprising a continuous and self-supporting thermoformable polymeric material having contoured surface regions formed by having thermoformed the composite of the substrate sheet and the clear coat/color coat paint film to a finished deep-draw contoured shape of the body part, the decorative transfer film having regions thereof which have been subjected to elongation greater than about 50% during such thermoforming for conforming to said contoured regions of the substrate sheet to provide the outer component of a finished glossy contoured body part having an exterior automotive quality paint finish, including a distinctness-of-image value of at least 60 quantified by instrument measurement of said value.

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