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:
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.”