Object number

LDVAL 2007.4.1


after 1970 – Before 1979


Small piece of enamel known as FORDITE or DAGENHAM AGATE. Produced as a by-product of the car spraying process at the Dagenham Ford Factory during the 1970s. The over sprayed enamels in the painting bays gradually compiled over and over again, on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colourful layers built up there. These layers were hardened repeatedly in the ovens that the car bodies went into to cure the paint. Some of these deeper layers were even baked 100 times. Eventually, the paint build-up would become obstructing, or too thick and heavy, and had to be removed. It was super-cured, patterned like pychedelic agate, and could be cut and polished with relative ease. The techniques that produced this rough are no longer in practice. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. This leaves little, or no overspray. See also LDVAL 2007.2.1.

Physical description

Semi-cylindrical piece of enamel which retains the shape of the pipe from which it was taken. Shows how the layers of paint were laid down and built up over time, resulting in blocked paint pipes. Made up of multiple multi coloured layers of paint. Taken from the bottom of the pipe as the layers of paint are thicker on the bottom than on the sides, where the paint has run down the sides and settled at the bottom.




Enamel Nugget


Whole length: 59mm
width: 16mm
thickness: 6mm
thickness: 3mm

Collection type

Social history

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1680 (2007-01-23)

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Start dateafter 1970
End dateBefore 1979
InstitutionValence House Museum
TypeEnamel Nugget
Collection typeSocial history