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VOC regulations affect all refinish products

The switch to waterborne basecoat may be the most dramatic consequence of Environment Canada"s proposed VOC regulations, but new limits will mean changes to virtually every product used by auto painters.

Collision repair shops will find themselves using new products in almost every step of the refinish process. The good news is that most of the products are new to the Canadian market, but proven elsewhere. Because many of Environment Canada"s proposed VOC limits are equal to the most stringent of California"s regulations, products already exist that meet the limits in most product categories. "We"re taking a 14-year evolution in California, and compressing it into one fell swoop in Canada,Ó explains David Bly, senior Sikkens product manager with Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes North America. "Virtually the entire assortment of products within the paint department will change.Ó

The changeover to most other VOC-compliant products will likely not be as dramatic as the change to waterborne basecoat. Most are expected to have similar characteristics to the products they replace. "There will be slight modifications to how products perform, but it"s mostly a positive change. Our low-VOC clearcoat, for example, is essentially 'plug-and-play,'" says Bly.

Ready for VOC!
Ready for VOC!

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