Everything is gearing back up over in Japan, stick with your original order, it may be delayed a month
the Japanese factories up north in Japan do not have water or electricity
10 colors are affected
Some car colors will be harder to get because a paint pigment factory in Japan was damaged and shut production. As a result, Ford is telling dealers to stop ordering "tuxedo black" models of its F-150 pickup and Expedition and Navigator SUVs. It’s also shifting away from some reds. The moves are precautionary, Ford said. Chrysler has stopped taking orders for vehicles in 10 paint colors.
The plant that makes the pigment, run by Merck KGaA, won’t resume production for four to eight weeks, and that depends a lot on progress in cleaning up the nearby damaged nuclear power plant, a company spokeswoman said.
The factory is in Onahama in northeast Japan, about 30 miles from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, which is leaking radiation.
"For both the timing of the repair start and for its timely completion, we are dependent upon the availability of infrastructure and utilities as well as upon developments at the Fukushima power plant," Merck KGaA spokeswoman Phyllis Carter said Monday.
The company makes pigments around the world, but the Onahama plant is the only one that produces the type used in many automotive paints, she said.
The lack of colors worries some dealers, especially when popular ones like black could be in short supply