The government of Canada has published the regulations surrounding low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) automotive refinishing products.
The regulations introduce VOC concentration limits for 14 categories of coatings and surface cleaners, which are used for refinishing or repairing the painted surfaces of automobiles, trucks, and other mobile equipment, according to Environment Canada's Web site.
The regulations will come into force on June 18, 2010 -- one year after the regulations were registered -- to allow for a transition period for automotive and refinishing product manufacturers and importers, according to Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations.
The full regulations can be read at:
Carstar Canada notes most of its stores have already switched over in anticipation of the legislation. Those that haven't will be switched over long before they are required to do so.
The new paint requires a cleaner facility and good airflow to be effective. For most Carstar locations, only a modification or replacement of the paint booth will be required, Carstar said in an email exchange.
"The simple answer is anything that reduces the impact our industry has on the environment is a good thing," Carstar Canada chief operating officer Dave Lush says. "Yes it will cost our stores more money, but it also will have a positive impact on the health and safety on our employees. The consumer won't notice the change, largely our insurance partners won't notice the change."
There will be an 18-month sell-through period (until Dec. 18, 2010) for each automotive refinishing product category. This is intended to provide the industry with time to sell automotive refinishing products and allow repair shops to transition to low-VOC automobile refinishing products.