A Process for Elimination of Paints Emitting Volatile Organic CompoundsEPA Contract Number: 68D10070
Title: A Process for Elimination of Paints Emitting Volatile Organic Compounds
Investigators: Patel, G. N.
Small Business: JP Laboratories Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1991 through September 1, 1993
Project Amount: $149,751
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1991) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:Millions of gallons of solvent-borne paints are used to coat plastic parts used in the automotive industry. The solvent-borne paints emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In order to comply with the Clean Air Act, there is a need to make plastics paintable with water-borne paints.
Under the Phase I study, JP Laboratories, Inc., demon- strated that when treated with certain formulations, automo- tive plastics such as polyurea and SMC (a sheet molding compound), become wettable with water and can be metal- lized. The wettable and plated plastics can be painted with water-borne paints. The formulations are inexpensive, non- toxic, and nonpolluting. The finish and adhesion of the paints were satisfactory. The formulations/ processes can eliminate VOC emitted by the solvent-borne paints. Under Phase II, the formulations/processes will be optimized, scaled up and field tested.