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Where plastics are used

Where plastics are used High wear areas have two-pack polyurethane paint reinforced with microscopic polyester balls. Hot moulded pre-impregnated glass fibre matting. Injected polyester surrounding glass fibre matting. Rigid polyester foam with metal reinforcement sandwiched between polyester sheets.

Plastics and other composite materials are in widespread use for outer panels and on occasion, complete bodyshells.

Materials most likely to be used for bumpers are types of thermoplastic or polypropylene. Rigid materials like glass reinforced plastic and reinforced polyester are better for body panels.

The Renault Espace uses plastic body panels mounted on a zinc-protected steel chassis frame.