PPG Automotive Refinish & Commercial Coatings
PPG Waterborne Technology: More than a compliance solution. It's simply better.
The Waterborne Leader

Long before collision centers in North America had begun to hear about waterborne, PPG was already immersed in it. PPG first introduced waterborne technology for OEM assembly plants back in 1986, and our waterborne basecoat refinish systems have been used in Europe since the early 1990s.

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The Technology

Unlike competitive systems that may be polyurethane-based, PPG’s ENVIROBASE® High Performance and NEXA AUTOCOLOR® AQUABASE® Plus waterborne basecoats incorporate the latest, true latex resins.

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Top Reasons to Convert to Waterborne

Meeting VOC compliance requirements is just one reason why collision centers have switched from solvent to PPG waterborne. However, the majority of North American shops that have converted actually reside in National Rule regions—they converted to reap the many benefits of this advanced technology.

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The PPG Waterborne Advantage Vs. Solvent

Waterborne systems are superior to solvent systems in many ways, and PPG technology, in particular, has many advantages for collision centers today.

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Superior Waterborne Platform

The compact waterborne basecoat product platform consists of a comprehensive range of toners and a variety of limited-use, special-effect products designed to deliver the best possible color alignment to today’s OEM finishes. Toners are pre-balanced and ready for use, so it’s possible to achieve superb color match, even in small volumes. No binders, converters or special additives are required.

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Time Saving Color Tools

PPG’s expertise in color match is unrivalled in the industry, and the company has amassed decades’ worth of color and variant formulas. To help customers find the best match quickly and accurately, PPG provides a variety of useful tools.

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Understanding Equipment Needs

The switch to waterborne typically requires few, if any, equipment changes. However, to take full advantage of the benefits of conversion, customers should be aware of equipment considerations regarding spray guns, air movement and filtration.

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The CONVERT WITH CONFIDENCE® Process

Collision centers that have been most successful in making a smooth transition to waterborne are those who have taken advantage of PPG’s well-proven Convert with Confidence process.

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Comprehensive Training

Training is an essential element of a successful switch to waterborne. To help shop owners, managers and technicians become comfortable with waterborne technology and equipment, PPG provides comprehensive training programs.

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Marketing Support

PPG offers a variety of promotional materials to assist collision centers in promoting their use of waterborne paint and their environmentally conscious stance—a factor influencing buying decisions among 63 percent of consumers age 21 and over.

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