We're perfectionists. During several quality inspections throughout the process, all imperfections and any dust particles are removed. We even feather-dust each MINI using female ostrich feathers to remove any remaining dust traces before the colour paint layer is applied.
The final colour application is an efficient, state-of-the art, automated process which transfers the water-based paint materials with minimum waste. Paint material and water recycling facilities also ensure we’re mindful of the environment.
It takes about 10 hours for each MINI to be paint perfect. The body shell takes that long to pass through all the various paint layer stages, from corrosion protection through to glossy Clearcoat layer – with the option to have a separate contrast roof colour.
Plant Oxford was the first BMW Group plant to use the environmentally friendly Integrated Paint Process (IPP), which completely eliminates the primer coat application and oven stage. It also brings energy savings and a reduction in emissions from the paint shop of well over 10%.