In the ongoing effort to reduce the environmental impact of building cars, automakers are re-evaluating their paint systems (see here). Mazda has introduced a new water-based system at its Ujina Plant No.1 that slashes volatile organic compound emissions by 57% compared to current systems
Water-based painting systems have been used for many years, because the use of water rather than solvents releases so much less VOCs. However, the process of drying the paint to evaporate the water has been energy intensive. Mazda claims to have developed a more efficient air conditioning and evaporator system for its paint shop that addresses the problem. The Aqua-tech system also cuts the number of steps in the painting process. The implication is that only a newly developed top-coat paint is used without any primer. The new top-coat apparently has the same qualities as the previous primer/top coat process.
New Mazda paint system reduces VOC and CO2 emissions originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.