Million-Dollar Paint Job – /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG

Million-Dollar Paint Job – /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG


My name is Christian
Von Koenigsegg. I’m 40 years old, and for half
of my life I’ve been on the quest to be a leader in the
hypercar industry, utilizing Swedish design, combined with
visionary technical solutions. Our latest car, the Agera R, is
built in the old hangars of a former Swedish fighter
jet squadron. Their symbol, a ghost, is now
proudly painted on the back of every Koenigsegg. [MUSIC PLAYING, ENGINE
REVVING] The first thing you see when
you see any car, and especially a Koenigsegg,
of course, is the outside of the car. We actually do all our painting
of the carbon fiber pieces here, in house to make
sure we have full control of something that is
very critical. There are so many different ways
of applying a clear coat or paint to a car that we really
feel that we want to control that process as it
is an integral part of what the car is. So this is our body
pre-fit station. Prior to that the panels
go into the paint shop. Here we make sure everything
lines up perfect. If you look at the front of this
car, it’s going to have a clear carbon center section. But here it’s going
to be paint. So you can actually see
different types of carbon fiber, depending if it’s going
to be visible carbon or not. As we don’t want this kind of
heavy fabric weave underneath a painted surface, because it
can give print-through, through the paint over
years of time. This is actually chassis
number 99. And over there, we have
chassis number 100. So we’re very happy that we’re
getting to the point of almost having built 100 cars. It’s not far off. A lot of the work in the paint
process is about masking, making sure you don’t get paint
or clear coat where it’s not supposed to be. Especially if you have these
more complex body parts with clear-coat carbon, with
pinstriping on, and so on. Probably the most time-consuming
part is the masking process. On and off, many times on each
panel, to get all the different layers, colors, and
schemes onto the parts. So what we’re seeing here is
hand cutting of masking tape. Here we can see a rear
bonnet in process. It’s all masked up. You can see these vents here
are all covered, because they’re going to be clear
carbon carbon fiber. Also the center part, here, this
here is also clear carbon carbon fiber, while this is a
solid white paint that’s going to get sanded down
a little bit. And then another layer of–
well, the finishing layer is actually a pearlescent layer,
to get a deeper, more interesting effect of white
than just plain white. So this is probably halfway
through the process right now. One important [INAUDIBLE] for
a car that is a collectible item, or that will last for a
very long time, and many, many years, is that you have a
durable paint finish. And I would say also that the
clear coat layer on top of the paint is thick enough to take a
lot of polishing and rubbing and buffing, without becoming
too thin over time. So the clear coat layer on our
car is about 150 microns thick, which is about three
times thicker than you would find on a normal car. What that enables is that when
we polish the car here, we can already make it a really nice
flat finish surface, with basically no orange
peel whatsoever. Let’s say large car
manufacturers, they are happy to build in a little bit of
orange peel to make sure that any imperfection underneath the
paint, from the panels, does not show through. It’s hidden with the
orange peel effect. But we don’t want any
such excuses. And we spend the time,
basically, to flatten the top surface of the clear coat
to get the wet look. And as the clear coat
is so thick, it’s also very deep looking. To have this amount of clear
coat on a car actually adds a little bit of weight, which
we are very wary of. But still, I would say it’s
weight in the right place. And we’re only talking one, one
and a half kilos in total, to have this type of finish,
compared to a standard, duller finish with orange peel. And this particular car we’re
looking at is one of the more extreme ones, as it has actually
a visible carbon fiber skin through
the clear coat. And not only that, the
clear coat is tinted with a green tint. And not only that, actually,
it’s even multicolored. Because here we have the normal
carbon fiber look with just a clear coat on top of
it, and here we have the tinted clear coat. And in between we have a
pearl effect stripe. And what’s pretty amazing is
that these layers, of course, are done step by step
at different times to get this effect. And still, when you feel it
here, there’s no step whatsoever in the surface. And to get that kind of result
with these different colorings and layers and inlays of colors,
without having any kind of side effect
showing up takes a massive amount of work. So just polishing all the
parts in the car, after paint– during paint. Actually, we have seven
layers of clear coat. But this whole polishing
process is about 200 hours per car. So it’s pretty extreme. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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