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Old 12-23-2011, 04:24 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by Fine Focus View Post

Sounds like you have some inside information on this. Do you know when the paint dept was updated? My car was finished 8/8....I believe about a week after the summer shutdown. What is the E-coat?

After reading other posts, it looks like others have more serious paint issues than me. My complaint is that the "orange peel" effect seems more pronounced than one would expect. Paint application seems even but under certain lighting the orange peel effect is very strong. Was planning to make a formal complaint when I take the car in for the first scheduled service.

Thanks for any additional info you might be able to share.
A car actually has 5 layers of protection now Phosphate dip, E-coat (the entire body is dipped in paint with voltage applied) both Phosphate and E-coat are a dipped process then it is spray painted prime then base coated and then finally clearcoated.

The plant was updated for the Focus so every car was painted by the new equipment
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