Our customers in California and Canada love
working with our Vibrance Collection custom color line and
they're very important to us," says Randy Cremeans,
marketing director for PPG Automotive Refinish. "So
we challenged our team early on to make sure that the custom
painter would not be hindered in the least bit when it becomes
necessary to convert to a waterborne system.
Our goal was to take all
the custom colors now available in solvent-based systems
and offer those same colors in waterborne. And I'm proud
to say we're accomplishing our mission.
For the large majority of
Vibrance colors, developing a compliant solution was pretty
straightforward. PPG's expert color-matchers matched the
solvent-based custom colors with Envirobase High Performance
waterborne basecoat. The result is a full line-up of "waterborne"
formulas available for those who want to create special
finishes using Crystal Pearl™, Luminescence II®,
Xirallics, Harlequin®, Liquid Metal or StarFire.
New VWM5555 Vibrance Collection
Some special effect pigments available in the Vibrance Collection
required a new technological solution to achieve waterborne
compatibility. PPG developed the answer with its new and
innovative Vibrance Collection midcoat. VWM5555 is designed
to create a midcoat layer on top of the waterborne basecoat
that allows painters to use Vibrance Collection special
effect pigments such as Radiance® II dyes, Flamboyance®,
Prizmatique®, Liquid Crystals and Ditzler® Big Flake™.
The new VWM5555 midcoat is
available through PPG distributors throughout North America
to create a complete, compliant custom color solution.