GM approves PPG waterborne refinish systems for dealership repairs


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2007 –
General Motors has approved Envirobase High Performance (HP) and NEXA AUTOCOLOR Aquabase PLUS waterborne basecoat systems from PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) automotive refinish business for all dealership repairs. All products in the Envirobase and Aquabase waterborne basecoat systems are included in the approval and indicated in the “GM Approved Refinish Materials” bulletin, GM4901M.

“Skilled technicians using the right materials offer the only path to true customer satisfaction,” said Brian Dotterer, materials and technologies development manager of service operations for General Motors. “By adhering to the GM4901M Specification for Aftermarket Paint Repair Materials, dealers will ensure our customers receive only the best while maximizing quality throughout on exterior finish repairs.”

PPG created the world’s first commercially-viable waterborne refinish basecoat in 1992. Since then, PPG’s global research and development team has continuously improved on its innovation and remastered the chemistry for use in refinish applications. Today, PPG and NEXA AUTOCOLOR waterborne basecoat systems are used successfully by thousands of collision centers across Europe, where they have instituted stringent volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations preventing the use of solventborne products.

According to Doug Beuke, PPG compliant segment manager for North America, “Every shop affected by these rulings should begin planning its conversion to waterborne now. Although this may seem to be a difficult move, PPG waterborne basecoat systems will actually make shop life easier. PPG waterborne basecoat systems are as easy to use as solventborne systems, require no special additives, feature a complete range of non-stir toners, and are very simple to blend. PPG waterborne systems also offer superior color accuracy, providing consistent color and metallic control across a variety of different application techniques. These leading-edge, compliant product offerings are fully supported by a comprehensive range of cross-referenced color tools and state-of-the-art training.”

For more on PPG waterborne basecoat systems, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or contact a local PPG distributor.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Aquabase, Envirobase and NEXA AUTOCOLOR are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440/572-2800
cfields@ppg.com
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