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Buick Verano’s Water-based Paint Process Reduces Environmental Impact

Published on 2015-05-22. Author : SpecialChem

DETROIT -- Residential and commercial paint manufacturers think about the environmental impact of their product on more than just Earth Day. Seventy percent of the energy used in vehicle assembly is in the paint process. It takes as much energy – up to 2.5 megawatt hours – to paint a car as it would to cover the electricity bill of a typical U.S. home for nine weeks.

Starting in 2011, Orion Assembly, home of the Buick Verano, pioneered the use of a water-based “three-wet” paint process in the United States in a new paint shop. This process eliminated the need for a primer bake oven, normally used between the primer and color-coating layers. The result: three layers of paint applied — primer, color and clear coat one after another while still wet — before the vehicle takes a single trip through the oven. This plant now only uses about 1 megawatt hour of energy to paint each vehicle.

About Buick

Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China.

About General Motors

General Motors and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands.

Source: General Motors

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