BMW’s New Painting Process Can Make Customized Designs Without Masking
BMW has revealed a new painting process it developed in collaboration with a company called Durr. EcoPaintJet Pro is designed for waterborne base coats and 2K clearcoat. The primary feature of the process is that it allows for highly customized two-tone paint jobs to be created without needing to mask the car or use stencils.
The robotic painting process relies on jet paint application from a precision nozzle that can vary paint thickness between one and approximately 50 millimeters. BMW says they can use the process for making contrasting color roofs, stripes, and other designs.
The first vehicles being produced with the painting process are 19 special BMW M4 coupes. Each of the coupes is rolling off the assembly line at the Dingolfing assembly plant, featuring customized two-tone paintwork with M4 identification on the hood and trunk.
Before the invention of this method, the only way to get designs of the type was to rely on manual masking. The new process allows for greater customization options at a lower cost. The customized M4s will be used in the BMW company fleet. There’s no information at this point on whether the process will be available for buyers to customize their BMWs.