A Process for Elimination of Paints Emitting Volatile Organic Compounds

EPA 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
Phase: II
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)


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.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Toxics, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, air toxics, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Sustainable Environment, Chemistry, VOCs, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, plastic surface preparation, ambient air quality, emission control strategies, automotive coating, air pollutants, cleaner production, environmentally benign coating, solvent free paint, water based paint, emission controls, air emissions, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), coatings

Progress and Final Reports:

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