Did you know that Ford produces artificial bird droppings in one of its laboratories? The consequences of a bird flying over the car may not be so harmless for the paintwork. The best minds in the auto industry are struggling to create paint that is not sensitive to the antics of birds.
To counter environmental threats, experts conduct a lot of research. The American automaker released an informational video to once again remind you how different things are done in the company. They say that everything is important in the auto industry, not just the design and production of cars.
In particular, Ford is testing the paint of new cars on the ability to resist bird droppings, and since there is no task to go out and catch birds, they have come up with a way to reproduce the droppings in the laboratory. The body panels are sprayed with a mixture of phosphoric acid, soap detergent and synthetic pollen, and then imitate the sun, keeping the composition on the parts at a temperature of 60-80 ^0^ C.
Test results are taken into account when creating car enamels. Specialists create a special paint formula using resins and additives, and thus the coating applied to the car becomes able to resist natural pollutants, regardless of the air temperature and weather.
Andre Thierig, chief paint engineer at Ford of Europe, recalls that during the period of self-isolation, many cars are idle on the street, and birds leave more marks on them than usual. He advises going outside from time to time, inspecting the car and removing stains before they start to corrode the paint.
In addition to studying the impact of artificial bird droppings on the car, Ford conducts other paint tests in this laboratory, reproducing extreme weather conditions, from sub-zero temperatures to high humidity, aggressive effects of salt and chemical automotive compounds that can accidentally get on the paintwork. So, in one test, paint samples were continuously irradiated with ultraviolet light for 6000 hours (250 days) to simulate the effect of the sun on the paint in the hottest corner of the planet.
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