Coating manufacturers have been addressing this issue by reducing the use of solvents in formulations, which allows less coating to volatize into the air.
During the application process, many coatings emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds are released from liquids or solids into the air as a gas. Unfortunately, VOCs are believed to contribute to ground-level ozone and smog, thus potentially causing adverse health effects. Coating manufacturers have been addressing this issue by reducing the use of solvents in formulations, which allows less coating to volatize into the air.
Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings has also reduced the solids in our coating formulations to lower the concentration of released VOCs. In addition, the coil coating process used in factories for metal wall and roof panels has been improved for environmental performance. The VOC gases released in the coil coating process are captured so they do not escape into the atmosphere. A thermal oxidizer then uses the VOCs as fuel during the curing process.
Eliminating waste and pollution is the right thing to do, both for the environment and future generations. Our scientists and coating experts are dedicating to protecting air quality while producing exceptional products that meet rigorous performance standards.
Do you want to learn more about coatings for cleaner air? Contact our coating experts!