2D3M Flat Trim Kits are called "flat" because they arrive as overlays. Pieces are flexible and curve to the shape of the dash.
2D3M Flat kit is easy to produce, so the final price is the most attractive. It’s very important that flat trim kits production technology allows
easy making of custom or replacement pieces. 2D3M Flat Dashboard Trim Kits have coated surface.
By type of coating they can be divided into two sub-categories: 3D Regular and 3D3M Premium (Polyurethane).
Since these categories differentiate in production technology and give different results during usage, regular and premium flat dash kits
have different prices as well. Here are few highlights on what makes the difference between 3D Regular and 3D3M Premium (Polyurethane) coatings.
3D Regular - this type of kits has coating based on special epoxy resin. Epoxy method is quite fast and financially convenient.
At the same time there are few unpleasant moments. Epoxy resin is result of chemical reaction between two substances mixed together.
Resulting substance becomes rigid enough and easy to handle in approximately 24 hours and coated dash kit is ready to ship.
While fresh and warm (about 68-73F or 20-25C), epoxy resin is soft, flexible and easy to work with, but after some time it starts to harden.
Chemical processes in the coating are going on, epoxy resin becomes more and more solid and in approximately six month it reaches its final hardness
and transforms into solid plastic-like material. Pieces look good when installed. But with environment changes, curved pieces may develop cracks,
because epoxy resin, soft and flexible during installation, became hard and tension on complicated parts of the piece breaks solid coating apart causing it to crack and delaminate.
Strong hot and cold weather, as well as fast temperature changes, noticeably contribute to cracking and delamination process, especially on the folding parts of the piece.
3D3M Premium - also called Polyurethane coating. This is progressive technology, a little more expensive, but providing much better results.
Polyurethane (Premium) coating allows to get rid of above mentioned troubles. This type of coating forever remains as flexible as at the day of
production and never solidifies like epoxy resin. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold is inside or outside of the car or how much temperature drops or rises within the day.
Coating anyway will remain flexible as at the day it was applied to pieces and never cracks or delaminates.
Polyurethane coating is also few times better in protecting materials against UV rays than regular (epoxy resin) and completely prevents light materials,
like Aluminum, Brushed Aluminum and Real Silver Carbon Fiber from changing original tint and color
(epoxy coated light material starts changing tint to greenish in approximately 6-12 months).
Despite that premium polyurethane coating is slightly more expensive than epoxy resin, it is excellent one-time investment which completely pays it off while dash kit is in the car.
There is no need to spend time and money (shipping expenses) in case of cracks or delamination, wait for replacement pieces and bother installing them.
3D3M Premium coated installed kit always looks good and like new.