7-Step Fire Truck Painting Process
For 30 years, our apparatus’ paint quality is something that people know us for. Our painting process is what shows our commitment and passion for building apparatus for departments across the United States.
BME has developed a painting process that focuses on exceptional quality and longevity because of our dedication to building the best wildland apparatus.
What Makes BME’s Painting Process So Unique?
When asking customers what stands out about our apparatus, we get the same answer time and time again, “our paint.” For this very reason, the 7-step paint process has become a point of pride at BME.
BME’s fire truck painting process means we can deliver apparatus that will last longer than our 7-year non-prorated warranty.
At BME, our painting process is 7-steps:
- Acid Wash
- Hand Sanding
- Primer Surface Coat
- Clear-Coat Paint
- Color Sanding
- Buff It
7-step Paint Process
1. Acid Wash
This step involves washing the surfaces and removing any grease, oil, or other materials so the painting process can begin on a clean surface to promote good adhesion. Acid washing is effective because it opens up the surface’s pores and allows the subsequent coating to grab onto the surface and create a strong bond.
2. Hand Sanding
After acid washing, we prepare the surface for painting by being hand-sanded. This gives the surface a nice smooth surface and helps minimize any surface imperfections.
3. Primer Surface Coat
Priming your apparatus is a critical step to make sure to fill in any small imperfections, improves corrosion protection, and creates a smooth surface for the coats of paint to follow.
All our apparatus are custom and painted the color selected by your department. Paint is applied and triple-checked to make sure it matches the desired color.
5. Clear-Coat Paint
At BME, we paint multiple coats of clear paint to help protect the surface area, increase the surface longevity and durability, and give it that glossy look that BME is known for.
6. Color Sanding
During the 6th step in the painting process, we color-sand your apparatus to smooth out the clear coat to create a mirror-like finish when buffed out.
7. Buff It
Our buffing process clean-ups the clear coat and adds even more shine. All 7 of the steps come together to create the beautiful apparatus that is delivered to your department.
At BME, we use a seven-step paint process to create a lasting shine backed by our seven-year warranty. We continue to innovate and improve our processes to build the best wildland apparatus on the market.