Ford approves PPG SX1071 low-VOC etch prime for warranty repairs


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, July 30, 2009 – Ford Motor Co. has approved PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) new SX1071 Etch Prime for use in warranty repairs for its vehicles. SX1071, part of the OneChoice product line from PPG, is a low-volatile organic compound, two-component acid etch primer specifically designed to provide excellent adhesion and corrosion resistance to properly prepared steel and aluminum surfaces while offering fast-dry characteristics.

“PPG has fully complied with Ford Motor Co. aftermarket refinish specifications,” said Gerry Bonanni, senior engineer, Ford Customer Service Division, Paint and Body Technology Center. “SX1071 has our full approval to be used for Ford dealership warranty repairs.”

The approval comes as a result of rigorous and comprehensive Ford Motor Co. technical evaluations that ensure a vehicle will be returned to pre-accident condition, and it covers all brands under the Ford umbrella. SX1071 joins many other PPG products approved by Ford, including refinish coatings from the Global Refinish System, Deltron and NEXA Autocolor coatings lines, all of which may be used in combination with SX1071.

“We appreciate Ford’s recognition and approval,” said Kevin Loop, PPG original-equipment manufacturer business development manager. “PPG has worked very hard to meet their quality standards. SX1071 will help authorized repair and refinish centers deliver a finish comparable in appearance to the original OEM finish.”

SX1071 is a 5.5 pounds-per-gallon product compliant with the low-VOC auto refinish regulations originating in California. Similar regulations are in effect in Canada. SX1071 features a fast-dry formula and secure adhesion to most metal substrates.

The OneChoice product line is PPG’s universal ancillary brand of specialty products designed to be used with any PPG automotive system.

For more information about PPG SX1071 etch prime and other PPG products, call (800) 647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish Web site at www.ppgrefinish.com.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Deltron, Global Refinish System, NEXA Autocolor and OneChoice are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Calvinia Fields or Cindy Piazza
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
cfields@ppg.com or piazza@ppg.com
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