SHEET METAL - PRIMED SERVICE PARTS - PREP PROCEDURE AND MSDS INFORMATION
Publication Date: MARCH 11, 2002
2002 CROWN VICTORIA, FOCUS, MUSTANG, TAURUS, THUNDERBIRD, E SERIES, ESCAPE, EXCURSION, EXPEDITION, EXPLORER SPORT TRAC, EXPLORER SPORT, EXPLORER, F-150, RANGER, SUPER DUTY F SERIES, WINDSTAR, F-650, F-750
2002 CONTINENTAL, LS, TOWN CAR, BLACKWOOD, NAVIGATOR
2002 COUGAR, GRAND MARQUIS, SABLE, MOUNTAINEER, VILLAGER
This procedure is being published to advise all body and paint technicians about proper procedures for preparation of service sheet metal parts coated with Electro Deposition Primer (E-Coat).
When preparing a panel for paint, it is important to leave the E-Coat intact. Do not sand off the E-Coat. Refer to the following Service Information for details.
Service parts built after October 1, 2001 are coated with a non-leaded epoxy based E-Coat, which is a change from the previous E-Coat product. The E-Coat composition change makes it necessary to eliminate unnecessary sanding to protect the part from corrosion. Improper preparation with excessive sanding of the E-Coat to bare metal is more critical than in the past and will jeopardize the sheet metal warranty and overall customer satisfaction.
Light scuff sanding using a Scotchbrite pad or wet sanding with 320 grit sand paper is all that is necessary to obtain a mechanical scratch (bite) for the primer/topcoat paint material. This is applicable for general panel preparation and minor paint flaws only.
If the sheet metal panel contains more than a minor flaw (i.e. dents, large paint blisters) in the E-Coat, it should be returned. Contact your Customer Service representative for details.
Refer to Figures 1 through 3 for the chemical facts sheets applicable for the new E-Coat product.