Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are a common term we often hear, especially regarding their impact on indoor air quality and human health. But what exactly are VOCs, and why are they a concern? Join us as we delve into the world of VOCs, their dangers, and the steps taken by corporations like IGL Coatings to address this critical issue!
**What are VOCs?**
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are organic solvents that contain at least one carbon atom and have a high vapour pressure, excluding methane. Some VOCs, such as formaldehyde, can be toxic to humans and animals. You may have experienced the strong smell of VOCs in new furniture or cars, as they are commonly found in building materials, household products, paints, coatings, and more.
**VOC Content and Emission**
Organic solvents are frequently used in the paint and coating industry to improve product flowability or in ceramic coatings specific sense how easy it is for the product to be spread. During the drying process, these solvents are released into the environment through evaporation. VOCs can quickly build up in indoor spaces, posing health risks to those working in poorly ventilated areas. Additionally, certain resins used in coatings emit VOCs throughout the curing process, which is known as VOC emission.
Due to the pure high grade ingredients that make up our coatings we have not only developed proprietary formulations that out perform other coatings in the market but they are also incredibly easy to work with. To put this into perspective 10ml of IGL Kenzo can coat an entire large SUV due to its 100% active ingredient 0% solvent nature!
**The Impact of VOCs on Health and the Environment**
The health effects of VOC exposure vary depending on the level and duration of exposure. Continuous exposure to VOC emissions can lead to respiratory problems, skin allergies, and even damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system (have you ever had a head ache when coating?). VOCs also contribute to serious environmental issues and many governments and companies are pushing to ban high VOC products and solvents all together, simply speak to your body shop about recent regulations to paint that can/cannot be used!
**IGL Coatings' Low VOC Solutions**
IGL Coatings is a pioneer in low/zero VOC ceramic coatings, producing high-quality nano-technology verified products. Our commitment to safety and environmental consciousness is reflected in our high solids coatings system, designed to minimise the use of VOCs. We offer low/zero VOC ceramic coatings, meeting strict VOC regulations set by organisations like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and REACH. Our research team continuously works to improve our formulations, including developing water-based coating systems.
**The Key Benefit of IGL Ceramic Coatings: Low VOC Products**
One of the most significant advantages of becoming certified to apply IGL Ceramic Coatings is gaining access to low VOC/zero products. As a certified applicator, you can experience the comfort of working with products that emit fewer harmful VOCs. Unlike traditional coatings that often release strong and unpleasant odours that lead to head ache and other potential health risks, IGL Coatings' formulations provide a more pleasant application experience that is far safer for the applicator and end customer. Reduced VOC emissions mean you can work in well-ventilated areas, creating a safer and more comfortable environment for both you and your clients.
**Safety First with IGL Coatings**
The safety of both applicators and customers is of paramount importance to us. Using products that contain high VOCs and solvents can pose health risks, such as respiratory issues and skin irritation. In contrast, IGL Coatings' low VOC products are safer for both you and your clients. Our commitment to exceeding regulatory standards ensures that our ceramic coatings comply with strict VOC regulations set by esteemed organisations like the EPA.
By choosing IGL Coatings, you can confidently offer your customers an automotive protection solution that prioritises their well-being. Not only will they enjoy a beautifully coated and well-protected vehicle, but they'll also experience peace of mind knowing that IGL Coatings' products are environmentally friendly and emit fewer harmful VOCs.
**Embrace the Future with IGL Coatings**
Join the growing community of IGL Coatings certified applicators and be part of the future of protective coatings. Not only will you gain access to our cutting-edge products, but you'll also become an advocate for a greener, safer, and more sustainable industry. Together, we can make a difference by promoting eco-conscious solutions and minimising our impact on the environment.
Becoming a certified IGL Coatings applicator is not just about enhancing your skills and expanding your business; it's also about embracing a movement towards a cleaner, healthier, and more responsible approach to nano coatings and technology. Take the first step towards a brighter future today by joining IGL Coatings' global network of certified professionals.