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PPG Reaches Waterborne Conversion Milestone

Use of low-VOC products in National Rule areas exceeds use in low-VOC mandated regions.

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PPG has announced that there are more collision repair centers using its low-VOC products in National Rule of North America than in areas where low-VOC products are mandated. The announcement was made by Tim Jones, PPG’s waterborne segment manager.

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Of the 9,000-plus collision centers in the United States and Canada using PPG waterborne products, more than 50 percent of them are in areas not required to meet current lower VOC limits. Such limits are in place in California, Canada and Delaware and will soon be implemented in Maryland, Utah and other regions.

Regulated (compliant) regions require collision centers to use low-VOC refinish products. PPG’s waterborne basecoats were introduced to serve such markets. While collision centers outside the low-VOC regions have more latitude in using traditional solvent-borne products, a significant number of shops have chosen to convert to PPG’s ENVIROBASE High Performance and AQUABASE Plus waterborne systems even though they are not required to do so.

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“The wave of conversions has been remarkable,” said Jones. “In areas not restricted by current or impending low-VOC compliance standards, more collision centers apparently understand the value and quality of PPG products and service. They are making the change as a matter of preference. They realize PPG is not just a great waterborne option—it’s a great overall option.”

Jones attributes the success of PPG’s waterborne products to several factors including product quality, ease of use, superior color match and PPG’s CONVERT WITH CONFIDENCE conversion process. “Change can be difficult, and switching to waterborne is one of the most important decisions a shop can make," he said. "Customers are discovering that our unique process makes the conversion simple. And once a shop has converted, it can capitalize on the advantages and benefits PPG waterborne provides over solvent for color match, ease of use and productivity.”

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