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Zinc-plated Steel Plate Repair

The zinc-plated steel plate used in some panels of the Fit/Jazz require different repair techniques than ordinary steel plate. Refer to ‘‘Front Body Construction'' , ‘‘Roof and Side Panel Construction'' , ‘‘Floor and Rear Body Construction'' for the location of the zinc-plated panels.
  1. Before spot welding the zinc-plated steel plate, remove the paint from both sides of the flange to be welded. Apply sealer to the flange after welding.
    NOTE: Seal the sanded surfaces thoroughly to prevent rust.
  1. The electric continuity properties for zinc-plated steel plates differ from ordinary steel plates. When spot welding, increase the current by 10 to 20 %, or increase the resistance welding time. Also increase the number of weld spots by 10 to 20 %.
    NOTE: The MIG welding procedures for zinc-plated steel plates are similar to ordinary steel plates.
  1. Before applying putty or body filler to the zinc-plated steel plates, sand the zinc plating thoroughly to promote adhesion and prevent blistering.
    NOTE: Use only epoxy-based putties and fillers on zinc-plated steel plates, and follow the manufacturer's specifications.
  1. When doing paint work, protect the ground wire and the ground wire mounting hole threads with a bolt or a plug.