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Ford-exclusive paint technology goes global

Ford announces the 3-Wet paint technology that's healthier for the environment.

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Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.
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Global paint shops in India, Romania, Mexico and China are in the process of rolling out a Ford-exclusive paint technology that will not only save the shops time and money, but will lessen their environmental footprint and result in a high-quality product.

The 3-Wet paint technology is a combination of process and product that has allowed Ford to restructure its paint shops on a global scale. Leading the way is the high-solids, solvent-borne paint formulation developed by Ford and its suppliers that produces fewer emissions than current waterborne and solvent-borne paints, yet allows Ford to maintain its industry-leading long-term paint durability.

An automated application process eliminates the prep stage in a paint shop, allowing the three layers of paint--primer, base and enamel--to be applied one after another without manual intervention and while each layer is still wet. The result is a better product that offers a savings in time--about a 20 to 25 percent reduction in process time.

(Source: Ford Motor Company)