Forward-looking automakers like GM are always on the search for new ways to make better products that are easier on the environment. Lately, that search has focused on the painting process for GM. The new process proves better for both the consumer and the environment.
There was a lot of room for improvement in the traditional paint process. “It typically takes up to 2.5 megawatt hours of energy to paint a vehicle,” according to FastLane. That is “enough electricity to power a U.S. home for nine weeks.”
The Orion Assembly plant, where the Buick Verano is put together, began experimenting with a paint process that “eliminated the need for a primer bake oven.” This new process uses half the amount of energy of the old process.
Does GM’s new paint process come at a price to the consumer in terms of vehicle appearance? Not at all. The new process makes the paint job essentially shinier and more durable.