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What can water-based paint “do”?

07.08.2012 What can water-based paint “do”?

It’s amazing! What can water-based paint “do”? Water-based auto paint makes colors green.

There’re a lot of various situations in our life. Something is wrong with your car and you need to repair it. It’s great, if there’s a choice. Now it’s easier. As Will Latuff said: “Eco-friendly auto painting techniques are becoming more widely available.”

Above is his story. But, first, let me introduce the painter. 

Will Latuff is shop manager of highly rated Latuff Brothers Auto Body in St. Paul, Minn., founded by his grandfather and two great uncles in 1933. The shop’s conversion to waterborne paint earned it the 2007 Governor’s Award for Waste and Pollution Prevention.

Paul Minn

In 2006, my family decided to be one of the first auto body repair shops in the nation to change the type of paint we use.

The industry standard is a paint that has about 85 percent solvents, which contain hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and higher levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or toxic emissions.

While solvent-based paints are a suitable refinishing product, we realized the new water-based, also called waterborne, paint is both better for the environment and an overall better product.

These paint finishes require 90 percent less solvent, contain no HAPs and have a low amount of VOCs. As a result, waterborne paint offers customers a safe and higher quality repair at no additional expense. It’s the factory-finish used by most carmakers, so repairs more closely match the original, and it’s more durable because it expands and contracts better than solvent paint.