Ready-to-use conventional base-coats have a VOC solvent content of around 84% (and 16% solids), whereas a typical waterborne base-coat is composed of about 70% water (and 20% solids) and 10% solvent. So the reduction in solvent use in making the switchover is substantial.

  1. Better for the environment: Less toxic paint is important, elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after painting or repainting is completed, according to the EPA.
  2. Healthier for our staff: Waterborne paint reduces the emission of VOCs, improving air quality and supposedly reducing the health risk to all involved.
  3. New and improved products: Transition to waterborne paint has prompted paint companies to develop new products.
  4. Less clearcoat needed: For multiple hues and striping, waterborne paint has an advantage when it comes to spraying due to a thinner application. It takes less clearcoat to even out the surface for the different layers.
  5. Cleaner/brighter than solvent-based paint: In painting with waterborne paint, wet paint tends to have a different hue from the true color. Once it dries, the waterborne paint will take on the true hue. Interestingly, when it comes to the actual color with waterborne, it comes out cleaner/brighter than a solvent-based paint.

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