The finishing touch

To deliver market-leading trailers with superior colour durability, gloss retention and stone chip resistance, Krueger Transport Equipment has partnered with Dulux Auto Refinish Coatings. The paint specialist has also bolstered the trailer builder’s in-house operations to ensure the timely rollout of hard wearing trailers with exceptional resale value.

At the final finish stage of the trailer building process, according to Krueger Transport Equipment, the entire steel chassis is sandblasted, undercoated and painted. Krueger goes the extra mile when it comes to achieving the best results, utilising three environmentally friendly painting booths, which are 60’ in length to ensure the biggest trailers are painted and fully sealed.

This push for the best trailer finish led Krueger to partner with Dulux, Australia’s most trusted paint brand. Dulux Auto Refinish Coatings Provides superior products and service, including colour matching, dedicated account management, advice and expertise.

Tony Gava – Key Account Manager of Dulux Auto Refinish Coatings – says the partnership with Krueger began with its Fleet Blueprint involving Toll and Linfox in providing coatings exclusively to these two transport companies.

“With this opportunity we were able to initiate a partnership with Krueger which has led Dulux Auto Refinish Coatings to become the preferred coatings supplier,” he says. “Our partnership continues to grow with the introduction of specific standard operating procedures in maximising throughput in the paintshop. We also implement procedures for specific products to reduce paint consumption while maintaining the quality and final result of Krueger trailers.”

Dulux, James adds, Dulux Auto Refinish Products transform any vehicle surface. We offer a proven range of quality products for commercial vehicles.

“Dulux FleetShield ULTRABUILD Epoxy Primer is a two-pack epoxy-polyamide primer that has excellent adhesion to metal substrates,” James says. “It has anti-corrosive properties and excellent water resistance. Ultrabuild may be topcoated without sanding up to five days after application of the primer if the temperature is below 20°C. With the use of the newly developed hardener, Ultrabuild Part B – HP, Ultrabuild can be topcoated after 30 minutes.”

A key product in Krueger’s trailer finish arsenal is Dulux FleetShield, which James says has been specifically designed for the commercial vehicle market.

He says. “The Fleetshield System Provides Solid, metallic and pearls which can be matched and customised to any single layer 2K colour. Complemented with complete range of ancillary products, primers, clears, hardeners and thinners to suit all temperatures and job sizes.”

James says there are many advantages to using the FleetShield system including superior colour durability, excellent gloss retention (all FleetShield colours have been developed to deliver outstanding colour durability) and excellent stone chip resistance (FleetShield demonstrates superior stone chip resistance – an essential requirement for all fleets).

“The Dulux Refinish team also provide applicator training for Krueger personnel, regular paint line assessments and also facilitate one-on-one and group training sessions to further improve trailer appearance and paint usage,” James says. “Dulux and Krueger are committed to providing high quality trailer finishes to meet all customer requirements.”

Dulux is a trusted guide for vehicle transformation. Not only does Dulux transform the surfaces of a project through product quality, but it also helps through expertise, reliability and service protecting and building professional reputations.

Fast Fact: Every trailer chassis once complete is sandblasted to grade 3 to remove all substances that will cause future rust, guaranteeing maximum adhesion of the undercoat to all steel areas. As for the final paint finish, paint is applied within one hour of application of the undercoat achieving maximum bond between the undercoat and topcoat. The high gloss finish is achieved by oven baking the trailer for a minimum of one hour.

Fast Fact: Superior product chemistry, unparalleled advice, expertise and a commitment to exceptional service ensures every Dulux coating project with Krueger is done right first time.

  • Share:

Staff Writer