Automotive Refinishing

This page last reviewed April 1, 2011

man wiping car with solution


Automotive Refinishing Program is dedicated to reducing or eliminating toxins from paints or coatings used in commercial automotive refinishing operations and residential use.   Exposure to the toxins contained in automotive coatings is more pervasive than from other sources, as most automotive refinishing facilities, both large and small are located in densely populated urban areas, many in close proximity to residential and school areas. Automotive coatings are also used "at home" to paint a vechicle or piece of mobile equipment. For these reasons, it is imperative that the toxic emissions from automotive coatings be reduced or, depending on the compound, eliminated. To accomplish our goal, staff have:
  • developed an Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Emissions of Hexavalent Chromium and Cadmium Motor Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Coatings, which eliminated hexavalent chromium and cadmium from automotive coatings.
  • established an automotive refinishing pollution prevention outreach program that integrates the advancement of new environmental technologies and the promotion of community health.
  • developed a Suggested Control Measure for Automotive Coatings that serves as a model rule for the local air districts for their rule development.  The SCM reduces VOC emissions, improves consistency in district rules, and improves rule enforceability.

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