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Paint Ban ruling by EU for 2007.....

Sorry if this has been raised elsewhere........

Quite disturbed to hear that an EU ruling means that car paint as we know it (except water based) ceases production at the end of 2006.

A supplier that I know well, confirms that the major producers in Europe will be making product until the end of 2006 (stockpiling) and that will continue to be sold into the new year. Once its gone its gone.

It also seems that unless you have a local authority licence you won't be allowed to spray......and the kit needed to comply means that only the big boys are likely to survive the exercise.

My supplier is concerned, at least at this juncture, that he'll be out of a job in a year's time.

Begs a big question as to how a shift to water-based only is going to deal with the problem of H20 base clear coat (which is close to useless). Most sprayers I know will put 2K clear over water based colour coats - so what'll they do when its gone?

One interesting 'clause' in the new Regs........Restorers / Classic vehicle specialists will still have access to cellulose paints.......good - but seems a contradiction.

Suppliers are expecting painters to start stockpiling themselves and ultimately ordering from abroad (e.g. US) , - at least until imports get banned.

Difficult one this - on the one hand we do all need to take a more responsible 'green' approach to life, which I'm 'for', but on the other hand, great traunches of the world (e.g. China, India, US of A) will obviously carry on belting this stuff into the atmosphere for decades to come...& on a monumental scale.

Still, two wrongs don't make a right.

Anyone heard anything more / different?

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