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Technical Service Bulletins

TSB
03-3-7
  • BODY – PAINT – NO CLEARCOAT BLENDING – COLLISION MANUAL CHANGE
Publication Date: February 7, 2003

FORD:
2002-2003 FOCUS, TAURUS, EXCURSION, EXPEDITION, EXPLORER SPORT TRAC, EXPLORER SPORT, EXPLORER, RANGER, SUPER DUTY F SERIES
LINCOLN:
2002-2003 LS, BLACKWOOD, NAVIGATOR
2003 AVIATOR
MERCURY:
2002-2003 SABLE, MOUNTAINEER

ISSUE:

A paragraph in the Collision Repair Manual discussing clearcoat blending was not edited correctly.

ACTION:

This article provides corrected information relating to Ford Policy on clearcoat blending.

SERVICE INFORMATION

Paragraph Currently As Written In Manual:

Using A Blending Clear

The use of a blending clear is a technique that is recommended for blending when a small repair is being performed. A blending clear is simply a slow reducer with a small amount of clearcoat material. The blending clear is applied directly on to the blend edge. The idea behind using a slow reducer in the blending is that it will cause the blend area to melt into the existing paint surface.

Paragraph Should Be Written As:

Use Of Blending Clearcoat

Ford Motor Company does not condone the procedure of blending clearcoat or using blending clearcoat in any warranty or collision repair. Paint Companies and Vehicle Manufactures agree that a repair using this material and procedure is not robust after time in service. Over time the edge will begin to lift and discolor making the edge around the repair very noticeable. The preferred process is to blend the basecoat color as necessary then clearcoat the entire panel.

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:

NONE

WARRANTY STATUS:

Information Only

OASIS CODES:

106000


NOTE: The information in Technical Service Bulletins is intended for use by trained, professional technicians with the knowledge, tools, and equipment to do the job properly and safely. It informs these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or provides information that could assist in proper vehicle service. The procedures should not be performed by “do-it-yourselfers”. Do not assume that a condition described affects your car or truck. Contact a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership to determine whether the Bulletin applies to your vehicle.

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