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03-15-4
  • PAINT – INSTRUMENT PANEL – SCRATCH/MAR REPAIR TIPS
Publication Date: July 18, 2003

FORD:
2004 F-150

ISSUE:

The Instrument panel paint on the 2004 F-150 has a high density of metallic flake in this paint. It can be scratched or marred during normal in service operation.

ACTION:

Should a repair be needed you will find formulas from each refinish brand Paint Company as well as information on painting. Read this TSB in its entirety BEFORE beginning any repairs.

SERVICE INFORMATION

The instrument panel design of the 2004 F-150 has four bands painted with “Warm Steel” color metallic paint (Figure 1). Due to the high concentration of metallic flake in this single stage paint system you will not be able to spot repair the area. Blending is the only method that can be used even with a perfect color match. Blending areas should be unnoticeable due to the different color on adjacent trim parts next to the repair location.

Repairs can be completed from the bottom of the instrument panel to about six inches away from the windshield area due to paint gun size. Completely mask off the interior around the area to be repaired.

Each of the Ford approved refinish paint companies has a formula to mix repair material for this high metallic color.

NOTE:THE PAINT USED FOR PRODUCTION PAINTING IS WATER BORNE MATERIAL. YOU MAY HAVE BOTH WATER BORNE AND SOLVENT BORNE FORMULAS AVAILABLE FOR REPAIR.

Paint Company Formula’s:

  • Akzo-Nobel FA9133I
  • BASF 3Q4
  • Dupont 3Q4CXXK
  • Martin-Senour MS65272
  • PPG 902177
  • Sherwin Williams SW 65272
  • Spies Hecker 741316
  • Standox 3Q4CXXK

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:

NONE

WARRANTY STATUS:

Information Only




Figure 1 – Article 03-15-4


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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