Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you place vehicle refinishing products on the market that contain organic solvents (volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) you must ensure that they comply with the relevant limit value. These restrict the amount of solvent that the ready-to-use product can contain.
Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers, including businesses that only mix paint, must check the VOC content of their products.
The table below shows the maximum VOC content limit values for vehicle refinishing products. These limit values do not apply to the:
The limit values are stated in grams per litre (g/l) when the product is ready to use. Except for preparatory and cleaning products, do not include any water content of the ready-to-use product in your calculations.
|Product*||Coating type||Limit value (g/l)|
|Preparatory and cleaning||Preparatory||850|
|Primer||Surfacer/filler and general (metal) primer||540|
|Special finishes||All types||840|
Table listing VOC limits in paints and varnishes
*For a more detailed definition of the products covered, read schedule 2 of:
The Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012
Solvent limits in vehicle refinishing products
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