Tyvek® for automotive painting


Tyvek® helps protect you and your work in the bodyshop

With a protective barrier built into the material, Tyvek® coveralls help ensure that users enjoy efficient, high-performance protection at all times. Tyvek® has an ultra-smooth surface that repels low concentrated inorganic liquids and aerosols while discouraging solid particles from adhering. Tyvek® coveralls also pass type 5 protection against solid particulates (EN ISO 13982-1), with extremely low inward leakage levels.

Tyvek® coveralls combine superb protection and rugged durability with relaxed comfort. The unique manufacturing process used for Tyvek® makes the material fabric permeable to both air and water vapor. Extremely lightweight (42g/m2), soft and supple, Tyvek® garments are designed to offer users considerable freedom of movement. Thanks to its single-layer composition, Tyvek® is also extremely resistant to abrasion and tearing.

DuPont offers a wide range of chemical protection solutions for most surface treatments and coating work: Tyvek® 400, Tyvek® 500, Tyvek® 600, Tyvek® 400D and Tyvek® accessories.

Industry tests such as the “crater test” (used in the automotive industry) have shown that garments made of DuPont™ Tyvek® do not release substances liable to damage coatings. Because Tyvek® garments are made of extremely dense, continuous and tough polyethene fibers, they do not shed or release surface-damaging compounds, thereby minimising the risk of surface contamination while they are being treated. Furthermore, Tyvek® coveralls help protect surfaces from contamination caused by operators’ hair, skin and particles from clothing worn underneath protective garments. The combination of the Tyvek® garment’s smooth surface and the antistatic treatment helps prevent particles from adhering.

Enhanced protection: Tychem® 6000 garments and accessories

For tasks linked to painting, as the preparation of the paint, cleaning or the use of solvent fountains, DuPont recommends its range of Tychem® 6000 lightweight, high-performance garments and accessories (sleeves, apron, gown, slip-retardant overboots). Tychem® 6000 also helps offer protection against biological risks, a broad range of highly concentrated inorganic chemicals and organic chemicals. For organic solvents like aromatic compounds and aliphatic hydrocarbons, the use of a Tychem® 6000 protective coverall should also be considered. Tychem® is very lightweight and low-linting, and, like Tyvek®, it is tear- and abrasion-resistant and contains no fillers or binders liable to be released by the material.

For more information on how to be effectively protected during paint activities, please click here and consult the permeation guide.