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Eco-Friendly paint for Cars: Best Options

Paint for cars that won’t kill the environment

Updated January 5, 2018

Auto paint is one of the biggest polluters of the environment and the workplace today, because it contains solvents that enable it to dry quickly. These solvents are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde and ammonia and are released over time into the atmosphere. They create ozone and can cause serious health hazards for anyone with allergies, asthma or who is sensitive to chemicals.
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One way your local auto paint shop is combating this pollution is by using low VOC auto paint. This kind of paint pollutes less than traditional solvent paints, and it also creates a healthier environment for the people who apply it in factories as well as auto repair shops.

Eco-friendly paint for cars is waterborne, which means water is the main ingredient in the paint instead of the dangerous solvents. These paints emit up to 80 per cent less of the VOCs than traditional car paint. They have 70 per cent water, 20 per cent pigment, pearlescent and metallic particles and 10 per cent organic solvents.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program and the auto refinishing industry are working with technical schools to increase the public’s awareness of the environmental and health concerns of using traditional solvent based auto paint. The Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) of almost all makes of vehicle has also given its approval of waterborne auto paint.

Some of the best options for eco-friendly paint for cars are:

• Aqua base Plus – compliant with VOC regulations, high quality paint, color accuracy, used in Europe where VOC regulations are stringent and have been required for several years

• Envirobase High Performance – a premium-quality product with an easy-to-use system that adheres to the globally-accepted OEM standards. This auto paint is suitable for any auto paint shop in areas where VOC emissions are seriously regulated

Auto paint shops all over North America are changing to waterborne refinish basecoats to lower VOC emissions. The switch is easy to do and does not sacrifice quality or performance. With low VOCs, the air quality inside the spray facility or shop is easier to control. Because there is still a slight release of VOCs, standard safety equipment is necessary including gloves, safety glasses or goggles and an air-fed mask; however the harsh odors are virtually eliminated.

New vehicles are being painted with waterborne technology and the manufacturers are giving material guarantees that the repair painting color will be equivalent to the original factory finish rather than the traditional solvent based technology. Waterborne and solvent technologies are basically the same. It is the agent that carries the pigment and binder from the spray gun to the surface that is different.

Waterborne primers and paints have been used for over 10 years. They are now in increased demand because of higher environmental standards. All automotive paint manufacturers are researching waterborne technology to create products for the OEM and refinishing markets. Urethane clear topcoats are still used and are compatible with waterborne paint. Cars may still have a high quality, beautiful finish and reduce VOC exposure.

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