Bodyshops and VOCs

In recognition of the significant adverse human health issues as a result of ozone and particulate matter, many governments worldwide have now committed to meet environmental and pollution standard ambient target levels. Europe and America have already implemented VOC legislation. Our neighbours in the Asia Pacific region have committed to lowering VOC limits, it’s just a matter of time before Australia follows suit.

VOC Legislation

The Australian government are now contracting consultants to investigate and give recommendations on legislation requirements. This is being done on both State and Federal level. It’s now not a question if, but when legislation will come into effect.

What is VOC?

Many of the products used in the automotive refinish industry contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), including refinish paint products, cleaners, spray corrosion protection materials and adhesives. The VOC content of a refinishing product is basically the solvent content in the product or the solvent which is added. When these solvents are released into the atmosphere they combine with nitrogen oxides to form ground level ozone air pollution such as smog. VOC’s are not only harmful to our environment, but contribute to eye and skin irritations and adverse respiratory health effects such as asthma, bronchitis and on occasions even death.

How can the refinish industry help?

By lowering the amount of solvent used within our industry, we are helping to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Although there are only approximately 4,200 Bodyshops Australia wide, the refinish industries contribution to VOC emission is quite substantial. The use of conventional repair products will produce approx. 1070g of VOC based pollutants on a repair size of 1m².

By converting to Glasurit 90 Line Waterborne Technology
and using low VOC products, a single Bodyshop
will reduce their VOC emissions by 33%.

What is the difference between waterborne and solvent–borne basecoat?

Waterborne coating material is suspended in the water carrier(polymer), instead of having the coating material dissolved in solvents. After the coating is applied, the water evaporates, leaving the coating material. Comparing waterborne basecoat with similar solvent-borne products, the waterborne product can have anywhere from 55% to 90% less solvent.

Glasurit 90 Line Waterborne Technology has 90% less solvent.

Making the change

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