EPA Provides Free Waterborne Webinar - BodyShop Business

EPA Provides Free Waterborne Webinar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a Webinar on converting to waterborne paint last month, and a recording of the event is now available to download for free.

The Waterborne Coatings Webinar includes a technical presentation on waterborne technology and discusses the equipment needed to make the switch and how converting can affect shop operations. Information about several brands of waterborne products is also provided by shops using them.

A question-and-answer period covering everything from technical questions about specific equipment to how local weather and environment affect waterborne products ends the Webinar.

Speakers include:

Larry Hults, waterborne coating instructor for I-CAR. Hults addresses the general waterborne coating technology and commonalities across the different paint manufacturer lines.

Kevin Stalder, owner of Driven Autobody, Anchorage, Alaska. Stalder has been using PPG’s waterborne line for about one and a half years. Stalder also has experience with several other lines, including BASF, DuPont and the Martin Senour. In addition to running a "Green Star" business in Alaska, Kevin also serves on the board of Green Stars and helps other businesses to become better environmental stewards. Stalder argues that waterborne products are more economical than solventborne.

Jerry Richardson, owner of Advanced Collision Repair, Seaside, Ore. Richardson, who has about 40 years of experience in collision repair, has been using BASF’s waterborne coating line for several years and has been involved in the development and application of waterborne coatings for more than a decade.

Matt Thornton, owner of Parks Royal Auto Body in Boise, Idaho. Thornton has been using BASF’s Glasurit 90 line for over a year.

Greg Richards, instructor at Clover Park Technical College, Clover Park, Wash. Richards is an instructor at Clover Park’s collision repair program, which exclusively teaches with waterborne coatings.

The event was sponsored by the EPA Region 10 Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Center (PPRC).

Click HERE to access the presentation.

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