Thursday, 31 January 2008 17:00

Santa Fe Dealer Goes to Water for First in State

Santa Fe Chevrolet, in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Auto Park, has taken a step to protect the environment by changing its paint system. The company’s system is now water-based rather than solvent-based.

“We’re the first body shop in the state of New Mexico to be fully converted,” said owner Jay Goodart. To make the conversion, “we had to install $120,000 worth of new paint booths.”


The system Santa Fe Chevrolet is using is called the Glasurit 90 line, made by BASF, a German chemical company based in Ludwigshafen, Germany.


The system “not only protects the environment but also provides excellent durability, color match and a flawless car finish,” a statement from BASF said.


Goodart said the new system doesn’t emit the fumes the previous system does; instead a water-based exhaust evaporates in the air.

 

The user still has to wear a mask, but the toxic level is very, very low,” he said.


Body shop manager David Miller was instrumental in bringing the system to Santa Fe Chevrolet, Goodart said.

 

“With Santa Fe going green the way it is, we wanted to be environmentally responsible,” Goodart said. “We are repairing for today with tomorrow in mind.”

 

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