At IC Bus, we use a base primer on our bus bodies that protects against corrosion, extending the life and improving the reliability and performance of our buses.
Rust corrosion creates cosmetic problems and, over time, can cause metal perforation that can lead to performance and safety issues. At IC Bus we tackle corrosion before the bus ever hits the road.
Using real-world customer feedback, we focus on prevention through material selection and in-process coating applications. The real difference is in the base primer we use to protect our side sheets and skirts—it’s stronger than our competitors’ and stands up better to water and salt exposure.
We conducted a test to demonstrate the strength of our primer, taking sections of bus bodies from IC Bus, Thomas and Blue Bird and scratching identical X’s into the panels. Then we exposed each panel to a cycle of salt spray, drying, fogging, drying and salt spray again for 60 days—roughly the equivalent of seven to eight years of weather exposure in a northern climate. While both Thomas and Blue Bird buses suffered rust and corrosion, the IC Bus panel was nearly unaffected.
Results like that show that IC Bus is working hard to be the industry leader in quality and safety.