Waterborne Technology Vs Solvent Technology

Waterborne Paint Technology

Well, when comparing Waterborne Coating to Solvent Coating there really is not any question. That said, you will need to decide based on an analysis of the Strengths and Weaknesses of each. In this article, we are focusing on Waterborne systems. Waterborne coatings are durable as well as abrasion resistant.   Waterborne coatings withstand high heat as well are corrosion resistant.  Operating in harsh environments such as high heat and low temperatures, waterborne coatings maintain a high gloss finish. Waterborne paint coating leaves a high gloss finish that is durable, maintains its gloss longer. With the use of waterborne base you use less high gloss finish as well is an excellent corrosion protector to the surface. The paint itself provides a high gloss finish and also doubles as an excellent corrosion protector.

Environmental Benefits to Waterborne vs Solvent Coating

With the growing concern regarding environmental issues, such as safety and hazardous waste considerations, waterborne has solvent beat. Within the shop environment waterborne creates less odor as well as creating improved air quality. With its advantages over Solvent based paint, waterborne does all this without sacrificing color-matching capability and performance. 

Due to the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in paint that is recognized as extremely hazardous there are plans in effect that will eventually affect the entire refinish paint industry. Many states across the country have introduced regulations which are gradually forcing shops to reduce VOC emissions. As a result of these regulations American paint shops will need to use waterborne paints in order to meet government regulations. In states such as California and the west coast, regulations requiring low-VOC technology have been a requirement for years. The move to less toxic, water-based finishes is in process in other countries outside the USA. Many OEMs now use water-based paints on their newer products. Paint manufacturers are also moving quickly to develop low-VOC primers and clear-coat products in addition to the color coats available now.

Waterborne Advantage

The process of Mechanical mixing is required with solvent-based systems. This process is time consuming. If mechanical matching is not done properly it can result in poor color matches resulting in wasted product, and a loss of productivity and with the use of waterborne paint shops save space, reduce energy consumption.

Paint Blending and Control

One look at an applied coat of waterborne basecoat, and you will recognize that its metallic orientation is a tremendous improvement over time-consuming paint. The ability to achieve invisible blends with waterborne paint continues to wow its users.  of productivity longer experience modeling or color shifts when fading out their colors. That said, when blending with solvent paint, the use of the wrong reducer will increase the variability of the color.  Using a paint spray gun at the incorrect distance will mostly likely cause poor metallic orientation and die back.

Cutting operational cost increasing profit margin

With waterborne systems, customers use approximately 25 percent less sprayable base, and 70-90 percent less reducer. The potential material savings is 25-30%! According to the numbers waterborne paint generates up to 75 % less hazardous waste than what is typical for solvent basecoat.

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