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MoeMistry 02-09-2008 03:54 AM

Porsche Paint Part I
A high level of skilled craftsmanship and experience has always been required when painting the Porsche vehicles on account of the curvature of the body. Determined by the increases in production new premises were required over time, which led to the construction of a new building in 1969, the paint shop or building 40. In 1975, Porsche was the first manufacturer to introduce hot-dip galvanized steel for the entire body. This considerably improved corrosion protection. From 1980, painting of aluminum parts (hood, fender and doors) was added for the Porsche 928. In February 1986, a new body paint shop (in building 40A) was brought into operation with the first coating procedure in the cathodic dip tank (KTL). It was subsequently brought up to the stage in July 1986 where it was capable of handling production quantities. The old paint complex for painting plastic add-on parts was used until 1992.

The new paint shop brought a number of benefits with it:
  • Improvement of corrosion protection by means of cathodic dip painting
  • Restriction of the solvent emissions by means of an exhaust air decontamination system
  • Use of robots for applying the underbody protection
  • Increase of the potential daily number of items to 140 bodies
  • Heat recovery via a countercurrent heat exchanger

Courtesey of Porsche AG

MoeMistry 02-09-2008 04:04 AM

The first picture cracks me up; "Look Mom; no face mask." But it's pretty cool to see how hand-on things were a few decades ago.

Phil Y 02-09-2008 05:44 PM

great post Moe! keep them coming.

Brian_Brice 02-09-2008 06:17 PM

One of the pic's looks like Bill Murray and Dr. Phil handling the bonnet.

Grouse 02-11-2008 12:39 AM

Originally Posted by TampaBrian (Post 22913)
One of the pic's looks like Bill Murray and Dr. Phil handling the bonnet.

I was thinking mario and luigi

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