PPG Automotive Refinish & Commercial Coatings
PPG Waterborne Technology – The Waterborne Leader
PPG’s Leadership in Waterborne

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. Today, in North America, PPG waterborne basecoat systems offer the number one, best-selling technology of its kind.

PPG is continuously improving and remastering the technology and chemistry to meet the performance demands of high-production collision centers and to match today’s colors and finishes precisely. Recently, PPG created a single stage waterborne system for use on vehicle interiors and engine bay repairs. This is another example of the type of continuous expansion and improvement in waterborne coatings you can expect from PPG.



1986

PPG introduces waterborne paint technology for use in OEM assembly plants.

1990's

Waterborne systems become commonplace in Europe’s collision centers, and PPG expands its waterborne technology expertise with the acquisition of Nexa (ICI) Autocolor.

1992

Nexa (ICI) Autocolor introduces the world’s first commercialized refinish waterborne basecoat.

1998

PPG offers the first compliant pearlescent tri-coats repair system.

1999

PPG launches MaxMeyer AQUAMAX® and ENVIROBASE® systems in Europe

2001

Second-generation Envirobase system debuts in Europe and North America

2006

PPG introduces third-generation waterborne system with new transparent toners and anti-settle technology allowing better alignment with OEM color trends

Today

As of November 2013, over 9,000 collision centers are using PPG waterborne technology in North America, and it’s in use in more than 28,000 shops worldwide.