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December 25, 1991|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Firm Offers Antiperspirant to Jeep Workers: A consumer products company offered to donate 35 cases of its deodorant to Jeep workers asked to stop using antiperspirants because the flakes were damaging auto paint jobs. However, a Chrysler Corp. spokesman said it probably would not accept the donation of Ban Clear from Bristol-Myers Products Division without further information about the antiperspirant's impact on Chrysler's Jeeps. Chrysler has asked the 380 employees who wash, wipe and prepare Jeep Cherokees and Comanches for painting at the Toledo, Ohio, plant to stop using all antiperspirants. The company said the antiperspirants flaked and fell onto the new paint. Antiperspirants contain chemicals such as zinc zirconium that can damage paint. The paint flows away from the fallen flake, causing a depression about the size of a baby's fingertip, Chrysler said. Bristol-Myers said that Ban Clear is a solid deodorant that doesn't flake and leave the residue that white antiperspirants can leave on clothes and skin.

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