Select cars to narrow search
dont search for 599cc fortwo modsdont search for 698cc fortwo modsdont search for 999cc fortwo modsdont search for roadster modsdont search for 453 smart modsdont search for forfour mods

Info guides and mods

What Are The Panels Made Of?

Modification Details




Every now and then I get the question, what plastic are the exterior panels made of.

It's so rarely asked that I never bothered making a page about it but I just got asked it again and it took
me far too long going through all my notebooks to find the information. There is no order to my notebooks.



450 Fortwo

Panels

Xenoy (trademark - SABIC)

PBTPC (aka PCPBT)
A blend of PolyButylene Terephthalate and Polycarbonate. The panels also had a Polyurethane clearcoat.

After about 15 years, this plastic becomes brittle and the panels break easily.
Especially when removing door panels and any impacts.



451 Fortwo

Panels

Daplen ED230HP (trademark Borealis Ag)

PP - PolyPropylene
Thermoplastic PolyPropylene for injection moulding.

This blend of plastic has a lower rigidity and a higher resiliance to UV so they are more flexible and less likely to crack.

Roof

PC - Polycarbonate



452 Roadster

Xenoy (trademark - SABIC)

PBTPC (aka PCPBT)
A blend of PolyButylene Terephthalate and Polycarbonate. The panels also had a Polyurethane clearcoat.

After about 15 years, this plastic becomes brittle and the panels break easily.
Especially when removing door panels and any impacts.



453 Fortwo & Forfour

Panels

PP - PolyPropylene with 15% filler (probably talc).
Thermoplastic PolyPropylene for injection moulding.

The bonnet/hood has a black plastic reinforcement piece made from Polyethylene with 15% filler.

Forfour door panels are steel, not plastic.

Roof

PC - Polycarbonate



454 Forfour

Xenoy (trademark - SABIC)

PBTPC (aka PCPBT)
A blend of PolyButylene Terephthalate and Polycarbonate. The panels also had a Polyurethane clearcoat.

After about 15 years, this plastic becomes brittle and the panels break easily.
Especially when removing door panels and any impacts.


Click if Info Helpful

Contact us about mod
Cookies
Terms and Conditions
Site Disclaimer

© Copyright 2019, all rights reserved.