Your Green Life: "Painting With Water"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Green is not necessarily the favorite color for automobiles but it has become a favorite color for one auto body center in 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 newer, greener technique.

Typical Car painting involves harsh chemicals, which can damage the atmosphere, and shorten the life expectancy of the painter.
In the last year Kolar Collision in Scanlon has adopted a greener method of re–painting automobiles.

"With the water–borne paint we take the thinner out of the paint and we actually put water in the paint", said Bruce Lenzen.

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

"The color match with water borne paint is far superior to solvent borne paint", said Bruce Lenzen.

And the advantages continue to mount.

"The old days, traditional solvent based paint could take 40 – 60 minutes to dry paint. Today with the new water borne paint, we have experienced 2 minutes" says Bruce Lenzen.

Those shortened dry times have another environmental perk as well; the new painting booth requires less energy to heat and dry the paint.

"With our booth upgrades we experienced a 40 percent saving in our gas usage", said Bruce Lenzen.

In the drying process the water is recaptured allowing Kolar Collision to reduce its water consumption. Bruce Lenzen says they've reduced water waste from 55 gallons a month to just 55 gallons a year.

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

In Scanlon, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.