Nine Phases for the Perfect Paint Job

World Class Manufacturing principles and the most advanced paint shop in Chrysler brand history have set the table for a first-class vehicle—the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200.

The all-new paint shop at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP) features state-of-the-art technologies and offers customers a beautiful palette of exterior colors from which to choose – all the while reducing costs and the environmental impact of the paint operations.

SHAP - Paint Shop

The tri-coat paint-shop robots rotate the vehicle 180 degrees, suspending it upside down and sideways in order to reach every crevice over and under the vehicle. The process also uses a 90 percent recyclable paint material.

Below are the nine phases the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 goes through to achieve that polished look.

Phase 1. Pretreatment

Phase 2. Electro-coat system

Phase 3. Sealer application

Phase 4. Primer application

Phase 5. Sanding

Phase 6. Cleaning

Phase 7. Base coat application

Phase 8. Glossy clear coat application

Phase 9. Final finesse

During the final finesse phase, we ensure every curve is coated to perfection. UWE Braun lights along the final paint review line automatically adjust their color and intensity based on the vehicle’s paint color. Having just the right amount of light on the car improves the operator’s ability to determine paint quality.

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“Countless hours of research between several teams of employees went into developing the new paint shop,” said Richard Owusu, Director—Paint Operations, Chrysler Group LLC. “We have utilized the most advanced equipment and distinctive processes to provide a beautiful and durable color and shine to the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 that will exceed our customers’ highest standards.”

If you could customize your own Chrysler car with any color paint imaginable, what color would you choose?