Here’s a not-so-fun fact: 70% of the energy used in a vehicle’s assembly process takes place during the painting process. Since 2011, Buick has done their part to cut down on how much energy is used to paint a single vehicle and they’ve done well. The new painting process, called “three-wet”, is much more energy efficient.
In the standard paint process, it takes up to 2.5 megawatt hours to fully paint a car. To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of the electricity bill of a single United States home for nine weeks. Nine weeks. Thankfully, Buick developed its own process back in 2011 and has been using it at Orion Assembly where the Buick Verano is made.
Buick’s paint process eliminates the need for multiple trips through the oven, cutting down on power usage. Three layers of paint, primer, color, and clear coat, are applied one on top of the other while still wet. Then the vehicle takes a single trip through the oven, drying all three layers. The energy efficient paint job has the same quality as one that takes twice as much energy.
We here at Bush Automotive are all for a cleaner environment and cutting down on energy usage. Come check out our inventory today to see how else Buick is doing its part.