[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory’s New Paint Shop

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[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop


There has been a lot of anticipation regarding the quality of the new paint on Corvettes since the completion of the Corvette assembly plant’s new $439 million paint shop. Now we can finally see for ourselves with what is being shown to be the first 2018 Corvette with panels that were painted in the new paint shop.

Our friend Jeremy Welborn was at the National Corvette Museum when it was pointed out to him that the car was actually in the parking lot. In the NCM Circle Lot was the Arctic White 2018 Corvette Z06.

Jeremy does a couple of walkarounds of the car, noting the reduction of orange peel, a common complaint among Corvette owners. Despite the overcast day, Jeremy appears to be impressed with the quality of the paint.


From the video, the paint, and quality of the exterior panels appear to be pretty good. I’ll have to reserve judgment until I see it in person, and in the sunlight, but Jeremy sounds like he’s impressed with what he’s looking at so that bodes very well for all of us.

Here’s some photos Jeremy took of the 2018 Corvette Z06 as well.

[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop



[VIDEO] This 2018 Corvette Z06 was Painted in the Corvette Factory's New Paint Shop




Employees at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant are returning to work on November 6th with the first customer cars being produced a couple weeks after. The fact that we have a fully painted 2018 Corvette to judge is a great indication that the factory updates have been completed on time and new Corvettes will soon be coming off the line.


Source:
Corvette Forum

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I think the real test as to paint quality will be to inspect a black paint job. White on a cloudy day will hide a lot.

  2. I’m on pins and needles. I’ve got a 2018 Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat Grand Sport in the queue and was told I’d have it in 6-8 weeks. I’m dubious because they must have quite a backlog after being shut down for 3+ months.

  3. Production has been resumed with the typical issues of using and getting used to new to the plant methods and process of car assembly. The $439 million “Paint shop” also includes a large new area originally called a “manifold building” :)) where tooling to produce the underbody for the mid-engine Corvette is being installed.

  4. I have a 2018 Grand Sport Carbon 65 on order scheduled dinner to be built the week of December 4th.. Hopefully will be delivered by Christmas, hope everything is on schedule so excited to finally get it.

  5. What is/was the first date of production in the new Paint Shop? I bought a 2017 Grand Sport Heritage Package on October 4TH, and the car had been in the show room for awhile. Does this mean my car was painted in the Old Paint Shop?
    Thanks!

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