EcoTrack 11: Local body shop's eco-friendly paint

By Tara Hastings - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

MAUMEE (WTOL) - A technician at Charlie's Dodge in Maumee is preparing to paint, but the process is a little different here. The paint is environmentally friendly

"Any little bit we can do will help, said Body Shop Manager Bob Munson. He has switched to a high concentrated paint, which is then is mixed with water. It goes much further than their old system.

"Sometimes they would require five to six coats of color to be able to cover the car completely and most every color is two coats," said BASF Sales Representative Allen Saunders.

A computer helps out with the color and tells the technician exactly how much to make. There are more than 9,000 color chips a technician can choose from. The color combinations are infinite. One interesting note is that the technician can make as little as one ounce of paint to create less waste and help the environment.

By making the switch, Charlie's Dodge has reduced its emissions by 90%. "What that equates to for the average collision shop is about 1 ton less of green house gasses," Saunders tells us.

Munson adds, "We cut way back on our waste disposal. We used to have a 55-gallon drum that had to be picked up and hauled away and put in a dump somewhere. We don't do that anymore." It's a big outcome just by changing little paint.