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Glasurit’s classic car expertise in demand

Charter of Turin Handbook

Vintage cars have been growing in popularity for many years now. Refinishing paintwork damaged through accidents or the aging process and adapting the color appropriately calls for expertise from specialized professionals. The older the vehicles, the more difficult it is to find someone who knows their way around the original colors and the application technique used at the time and can judge how to deal with historic paintwork.

Glasurit, BASF’s premium refinish brand, has developed Classic Car Colors, a comprehensive program that brings together numerous aspects of refinishing classic cars in keeping with their original colors and paint application techniques, ranging from color analysis to finding qualified body shops. Classic Car Colors, the world's largest color database with more than 250,000 colors and 600,000 mixing formulas, provides the basis for this. The archive can be used to find the suitable solution for refinishing a vehicle in its original color or performing repairs on the original paintwork. “By expanding our classic car area, we are specifically devoting ourselves to the needs of classic car owners. As a competent partner, we combine some 130 years of paint expertise and our comprehensive network so that our customers can benefit from Glasurit’s unique service for classic cars,” Katja Scharpwinkel, head of BASF’s Automotive Refinish EMEA unit, commented, explaining the program’s strategic orientation.

Glasurit’s paint expertise in the Charter of Turin Handbook

Since 2016, Glasurit has been the cooperation partner of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), the international federation of historic vehicles, which was founded in 1966 in Paris, and has been the technical consultant for paint-related issues. One of FIVA's priorities involves the preservation of historic vehicles, which are an important element of technical cultural heritage. To achieve this objective, FIVA also works with UNESCO, which as a United Nations organization aims to preserve world cultural heritage. “Our cooperation with Glasurit enables FIVA to explore all aspects related to refinishing historic vehicles and provide car owners with guidelines for preserving the value of the vehicle as an element of cultural heritage,” explained Mario Theissen, FIVA Vice President.

Another FIVA aim is to further develop worldwide standards that intend to help assess and restore classic cars properly. These standards are compiled in the “Charter of Turin” as guidelines. In the Charter of Turin Handbook, which was first presented in Bucharest in mid-November 2017, Jürgen Book devotes a great deal of attention to classic car refinishing and describes the refinishing process, the functional properties of automotive paints and professional refinishing. Book is responsible for Glasurit’s classic car business. FIVA’s two million members are provided with diverse insights into the assessment of automotive finishes and information on how they can use the condition of the paint system to find out about a classic car’s previous history and maintenance level. “It’s important to give classic car owners competent instructions for caring for and refinishing their vehicles, whether or not these are driven or will be on display somewhere in a museum. We strive to provide professional support. The worldwide inclusion of Glasurit's expertise is a milestone for explaining topics related to all aspects of classic car paint. We’re proud that we address these issues in detail in the Charter of Turin Handbook. In addition, using examples from practice, we can demonstrate the fundamental significance of the paint system, which is not simply decorative,” Book added.

» Information on the Charter of Turin and on the Handbook is available on the FIVA website