Why Are New Car Paints Water Based?

If you have been paying attention to trends in the car industry over the past decade, you will notice that the paints used for vehicles have switched from the long standing oil based paints to the new water based paints. And, this isn’t an option. The Federal Government has mandated that all paints used on vehicles be water based.

Why, you may ask? Well, paint is basically a pigment, or color, applied via a liquid. The liquid evaporates and leaves behind the pigment. It was much easier to make oil based paints as they took longer to dry and assured you had enough time to apply the paint before it dried out. With new technology, the same effect can be had with water. Yes, the water based paints are more expensive. However, they do not have the pollutants (volatile organic compounds) that oil based paints have. They are far better for your health and for the environment.

In the end it is also better for your auto body shop to use water based paints as they do not have to worry about polluting the environment themselves with the residue and extra paint. They won’t have to pay for licenses and disposal fees, so, ultimately, everybody wins. And, in case you haven’t noticed, water based paints actually look a heck of a lot better! Compare the finish on a new car today vs one from twenty years ago.

If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!