Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:55

BASF Advises Shops to Join the Move to Waterborne Coatings Now

Environmental legislation and increasing restrictions on VOC emissions continue to transform the coatings industry and collision repair business. Waterborne paint systems have become more prevalent as the best way to radically reduce greenhouse gasses. At BASF, this environmental breakthrough has also become an opportunity for product and service innovation to add superior value, helping increase shop safety, productivity, quality and, ultimately, customer satisfaction.

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Innovative BASF Products Leads
As a world leader in automotive refinishing products, BASF introduced one of the first waterborne systems with the launch of the Glasurit® 90-Line™ in 1992. Ahead of its time, the high-performing 90-Line began a revolution that has not only made many collision repair shops more environmentally friendly, but has improved quality and throughput — through ease-of-use, low material consumption, fast-drying formulas, better hiding and easier blending.

Moreover, the fact that approximately 70 percent of all new cars are finished with waterborne paint make 90-Line an ideal system for repair. And when it comes to quality, it’s reassuring to know that the world’s finest automobiles—including Mercedes-Benz and BMW—have waterborne paint. In addition, ultra-luxury cars such as Maybach and Rolls Royce are hand sprayed at the plant with 90-Line.

For collision repair centers that demand high productivity, superior quality and cost efficiency, BASF’s R-M® automotive finishes continue to be the right choice. R-M’s low-VOC waterborne basecoat—Onyx HD™ — has been used by many independent collision repair centers and car dealerships for almost two decades. The system brings next-generation processes into the shop, while offering excellent versatility, durability and cost effectiveness along with superb color matching with BASF’s proprietary COLOR-MAX® system. And, Onyx HD does all this while meeting today’s most stringent VOC regulations at local, regional and national levels.

The combination of R-M’s fast drying primers, high gloss “no-bake” clears and Onyx HD low-VOC waterborne basecoat reduce cycle time and energy consumption while helping preserve the environment. Being green with Onyx HD can actually save you some green, helping make the business case to switch to the waterborne system.

More Than Just Great Products
BASF’s Glasurit® 90-Line™ and R-M® Onyx HD™ paint products are supported by industry-leading lifetime warranties, along with technical training programs, advanced color information systems and business management programs.


SmartTrak® is a state-of-the-art color management system that provides fast and accurate color formulas. It’s designed to help increase shop profitability and productivity through color updates, inventory and stock control management, formula customization, cost and low-VOC tracking, advanced reporting and more.

The company’s comprehensive VisionPLUS® program is an industry-leading suite of value-added programs geared specifically for collision repair centers. This full-service toolkit helps collision center managers and owners monitor, grow sales, streamline business operations and gain a solid competitive edge in the industry. And, VisionPLUS Online is a turnkey tool that allows collision repair centers to track, analyze and advance their business in real time. This allows for immediate and continuous improvement, increasing shop productivity and profitability.

Better to Lead Than Follow the Pack
In the U.S., some state and local jurisdictions are taking the lead in regulating automotive refinishing emissions. California and Delaware, for example, have developed practice standards for shops to reduce VOC emissions. And, as a further indication of things to come, Canada has already required all shops to switch to waterborne basecoats.

Clearly, shops would be well advised to stay ahead of coming legislation and switch to waterborne systems before it becomes mandated.

When considering conversion to a waterborne paint system, be sure to consult with your BASF representative. Beyond the regulatory considerations, keep in mind the following advantages:
• Reduced basecoat solvent emissions by approximately 90 percent
• Increased quality and customer satisfaction
• Improved color matching
• Improved throughput
• Applied with conventional spray equipment and easy to clean up
• Improved safety (less toxicity, lower odor and reduced flammability)
• Reduced hazardous waste

Before you make the final decision to change to a waterborne paint system, it is important to be aware of not only the advantages of using waterborne technology, but also key differences when compared to a solvent system. There are many questions a shop should ask before switching to waterborne coatings. Let the experts on Waterborne Automotive Finishes from BASF answer them for you.

For more information about switching to waterborne, contact your BASF representative by calling 800-825-3000, or visit www.basfrefinish.com.