"Painting with Water"

By KBJR News 1

March 17, 2011 Updated Mar 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM CDT

Green is not necessarily the favorite color for automobiles but it has become a favorite color for many auto body centers across the Northland
The traditional method of painting vehicles can be harmful to the environment.

But in this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a, greener technique.

Typical Car painting involves harsh chemicals, which can damage the atmosphere, and shorten the life expectancy of the painter.
In just the last few months Auto Care Collision Center in Hermantown adopted a greener way of re–painting automobiles. Using Water–Based Paints.

"Better for the environment, better for our customers, doing everything that we can to be eco friendly", said Ryan Mathiew. Manager of Auto Care Collision Center.

Body shop workers have discovered that water–borne paint is not just an environmental advantage.
They've found color matching is easier as well.

"Your going to have painting in almost every type of collision, and with the new water–bourn paints our color matches even better than it ever has before, which makes a big difference", said Mathiew.

Solvent based paints take several hours to dry and require the paint booths to be heated which can be a significant cost for auto body shops. While the water–based paints require an upgrade to the painting booths, all they require is air movement to dry the paint, and the timescale is only a matter of minutes.
In Hermantown, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

According to the Auto Care Collision Center there is not a cost difference between traditional painting methods and the environmentally friendly water–borne paint.

Posted by Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson