Common finishing processes include the application of products such as primers, paints, topcoats, stains, varnishes, sealants, solvents, and component parts such as hardeners or catalysts.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from these finishing products contribute to poor air quality where we live and work. These emissions can be reduced through the use of improved finishes such as:
- Wet-coat, low-VOC, low-HAP, high solids, and water-based products
- Dry, powder coating
- Ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) cured products
- Liquid plastic coating products
- Other non-wet coat finishes
- High efficiency equipment
Over $650,000 in grants have already been provided to help businesses make the switch. The new products and equipment will reduce air emissions by approximately 24 tons of VOCs within the first year of use.