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Old 12-06-2019, 09:45 AM   #174 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by oldtamiyaphile View Post
The whole point of the design is to minimize production cost/ time. Toyota UK quote 'up to' 15hrs per car spent in paint, that's a lot of effort when you're making 250,000 of the things.

Toyota Japan quote 17-18 hours to build a whole car.

Perhaps someone can find a better break down of those numbers, but it's clear not painting a car saves a stack of time and money.
To be fair the 15 hours of paint is probably 14 hours drying. I doubt the Toyota numbers count the paint process at all but are talking about assembling which is done after paint. The paint process is automated in a line but materials have to be expensive.

" Basically, the body is washed, degreased, electrodipped in zinc phosphate, oven baked, sanded, sealed, dried, cleaned (with chemicals), primered, baked, painted, baked, clear coated, baked and then inspected for faults (which are repaired). All high volume manufacturers have fully automated lines that take between 14-18 hours to finish a single body."
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