Gardostrip® by Chemetall: an outstanding solution for Ford Valencia

The challenge of climate change, combined with the need to continuously increase productivity by improving time and cost of process, force the automotive industry to find optimal solutions through the best innovations and adaptations in processes and facilities. A good example of how a leader in the industry meets this challenge is found at the Ford site of Almussafes, Valencia, Spain, where the automaker recently introduced Gardostrip®, a technology of the Surface Treatment business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand.

BASF supplies Ford Valencia with the CathoGuard® E-Coat, which protects surfaces, edges and cavities or hard-to-reach areas of a car's body against corrosion. The coating process requires the electrodeposition tank to be in optimal cleaning conditions.

To achieve this while at the same time making a step towards sustainability in its processes, Ford introduced the Gardostrip® technology – a highly efficient paint cleaning technology, designed to remove paint and other organic finishes from metal substrates. The Gardostrip® cleaning agent removes paint residues from a variety of metal substrates such as in this case, stainless or coated steel, without damaging its protective coating.

The cleaning product Gardostrip®, offers compared to other methods, clear advantages for Ford:

  • Cost reduction,
  • Efficiency in cleaning with higher performance compared with traditional solutions,
  • Cleaning of interior bodies of the installation is achieved, since not only the visible parts are cleaned, but also the non-visible parts, like pipes etc.,
  • Similar and even better results regarding the Dirt-In-Paint indicator,
  • Avoiding 100% Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions,
  • 2-in-1 product with a lower concentration than the traditional solution.

In summary, Gardostrip® provides a cleaning performance clearly superior to any alternative product available in the market. Daniel Fernandez Ramos, Paint Area Manager, Ford Valencia, states: "We use Gardostrip® in the electro coat chemical cleanings with very good results – higher cleaning power, less emissions to the atmosphere and lower cost in comparison with the solvent mixtures we had been using previously.”