All of the experts agree that waterborne car paint is better for the environment than solvent paint. In 2009, California was the first state to mandate the use by waterborne paint in every body shop from National City all the way to Redding. At Anderson Behel, we embraced waterborne paint well before it was mandated, because we want to be a responsible company and provide a safe working environment for our employees.
So you might be asking—why change to another type of paint and how is waterborne better for the environment? In short, waterborne paint has less volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than traditional solvent-based paint.
But why is this important? Because automotive paint is a well-known source of VOC exposure, which can lead to a wide range of health problems down the road. VOCs from any paint are harmful to the environment and that’s why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started a partnership, the Design for Environment Automotive Refinishing Partnership, which is designed to help the automotive refinishing industry to move in the direction cleaner practices and technologies. At this point, only a handful of other states have followed California in mandating the use of exclusively waterborne paint.
At Anderson Behel, we’re proud to use waterborne paint, because we believe in working together to make our planet a better place to live. Switching to waterborne paint required new equipment and different painting and curing techniques and there was a learning curve for our paint technicians, but now we’re adept at using waterborne paint and the results are exceptional.
With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop and a Subaru Auto Body Shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Acura, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on these four leading brands.