DuPont Refinish to Discontinue the Use of Leaded Pigments in its Paints by the End of 2012
- Jul 9, 2012
DuPont Refinish will discontinue the inclusion of leaded pigments in all of its refinish paint products by the end of 2012. All passenger car formulas have already been converted while all remaining commercial vehicle lead-containing topcoats - Centari® MasterTint® and Imron® PowerTint® ranges - are in the process of being phased out and converted to lead-free formulas, so that bodyshops will immediately have access to alternatives.
Linda Van Calster, DuPont Refinish Marketing Communications Manager EMEA, says, "whilst the use of leaded pigments was discontinued in the OEM arena a number of years ago, customer demand and the perceived benefits of lead pigments in the industrial and refinish segments has meant supply has continued.
With our strong links to our parent company, DuPont, it is important to reinforce its core direction of sustainable growth coupled with a promise to safety, health and environmental excellence. The new lead-free alternatives are being published through our colour retrieval website weekly updates."
In order to help its bodyshops avoid any major increase in topcoat paint consumption, DuPont Refinish strongly advises all bodyshops to use its ValueShade® primer concept - the DuPont technology which allows improved topcoat coverage by using one of seven shades of grey primer. Van Calster says, "tests have proven again that when bodyshops use the correct ValueShade®, it considerably reduces the numbers of coats, needed to reach optimal hiding of the lead-free CV topcoat. The ValueShade® technology is very easy to use, as the correct ValueShade® will be indicated when retrieving a colour formula online."
About DuPont Refinish
DuPont Refinish, the dynamic corporate aftermarket paint brand of DuPont, provides professional bodyshops around the world with unique, innovative paint systems and localised business solutions that increase customers' productivity, from the reception area to the delivery of the repaired vehicle.
Source: DuPont Refinish
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