New ICI paints cut VOC emissions from car respraying

The world's first water-based metallic paint for vehicle repairs has been launched by ICI Paints. It will enable refinishing businesses to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by roughly 50%.

The new product is an addition to ICI's Aquabase water-based metallic vehicle basecoat paints. The range was launched in 1985 (ENDS Report 132, pp 9-11) and is now in use in eight vehicle manufacturing plants. About 50% of the vehicles coated with water-based technology to date have used ICI's paints, the company claims.

The Aquabase range was developed in response to tightening regulations on emissions of VOCs, which play a central role

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