PS - what are they doing in the last picture? Looks like the car is taking a dive in some milk
I believe that's the zinc phosphate etch, which helps with corrosion protection and enhances paint adhesion. They showed us something like seven steps in their paint process during the plant tour. Having worked in manufacturing plants my entire professional life, including dealing with many paint processes, I must say that theirs was impressive. It's all about the prep, as painting is just a small part of the process.
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