Mustang Minute: 2015 Mustang Paint Process

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The 2015 Ford Mustang is a vastly improved car over the previous generation not only in performance and handling, but in terms overall build quality.

The Flat Rock, Michigan plant where the 2015 Mustang and Ford Fusion are built has had the latest manufacturing processes installed in the past few years to bring quality levels up.

This is especially notable from the days when the Mustang was built at the near century old Rouge River plant just a few miles north in Dearborn.

One of the most modern paint shops in Ford’s portfolio of plants, Flat Rock uses the relatively new 3-Wet paint process which not only produces better quality, but reduces CO2 emissions by an estimated 15-25 percent.

The process uses what’s called high-solids solvent-borne paints formulated to minimize
solvents, resulting in a more concentrated pigment and resin mixture with fewer volatile organic compounds.

The 3-Wet process applies three layers of paint one after the other, without curing each coat in-between. This eliminates a stand-alone primer application and curing ovens required before.

It works because a special advanced paint chemical mixture allows the three layers of paint which include primer, base coat and clear coat to be applied while each layer is still wet and then cure together.

And before this process even takes place, the bodies go through a special tunnel where female ostrich feathers are used to remove dust and clean the surface as it heads into the paint booth. So if you own one, you now know your car has been rubbed down by ostrich feathers. Nice huh?.

All in, the high-tech paint process for the 2015 Mustang takes 20-25 percent less time than before.

This week’s Mustang Minute episode was brought to you by Ford Of Murfreesboro. If that sounds familiar, that’s in Tennessee. Visit them at FordOfMurfreesboro.com

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