Once the poor relation to solvent-based paint, water based industrial paint is becoming the coating of choice for paint shops. Here we explore the reasons why.
The manufacture and use of solvent-based products are subject to tightening laws and regulations due to their high VOC [insert link to VOC post] content. There is growing pressure for companies to use 'compliant' paints that have less impact on the environment and on worker health and safety. Paint manufacturers are responding to this by improving water-based paint technology. Most coating manufacturers now offer high-performance alternatives to solvent-based products. In industries such as metal and paint coatings where VOC emissions are high, smart companies are making the switch now. Here are 4 key benefits of early adoption:
In the UK, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations says you must protect your workforce against the risks from VOCs. With a low VOC content of 8-15% compared to 40-60% in solvents, water-based paints reduce exposure risks and help you to be compliant.
Under Part I of the EPA 1990, companies that use more than five tonnes of solvent per year must register with their local authority for an authorisation to operate. Registration costs almost £2K. Switching to water-based paints makes it considerably easier to stay below the annual VOC limit and avoid registration.
The non-hazardous nature of water-based paint brings several cost efficiency benefits:
Water-based coating processes require fewer health and safety measures. You don't need to store compliant paint in explosion resistant rooms and standard fans, or extraction fans are adequate. A drying room can be as simple as an insulated room built from Kingspan with a 2kW heater. Workpieces will cure overnight, even in -5 conditions. In most cases, it is also possible to convert your existing facilities. This cost can be absorbed easily with the reduced running costs and maintenance costs of the replacement plant.
Products often cost less than their solvent-based equivalents.
VOC laws and regulations are set to tighten further in the coming years. Paint shops will be required to work with compliant coatings wherever possible. Transitioning to water based industrial paint NOW will:
At Ultrimax, we're committed to supplying our customers with high-performance compliant coatings. Please contact our sales team or use the contact form above if you would like to trial our water-based products or discuss your options in more detail.
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