Welcome To Impact Auto! Where Our Quality Sets Us Apart

Auto Refinishing & Painting - Coeur d'Alene, ID

About Our Water-Based Paint Products

At Impact Auto Body and Paint, we care about our community and the environment. Located in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho we love our surrounding lakes, rivers and mountains, and we want to do our part to keep North Idaho a beautiful place to live. Being an auto body shop doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our part to help cut down on harmful compound emissions. We know that you love your community and we do too! That is why, at Impact Auto Body & Paint we promise to use water-based paints on all of our refinishing auto body projects. 

Today, solvent-based paints are not the only option for giving your car that new, sparkling paint job you’ve been wanting. In fact, solvent-based paints aren’t even that great of an option compared to water-based paints. 

After years of testing our new water-based paint, we have found that waterborne paint is not only a better quality product compared to solvent- based paints, but it’s better for the environment. Waterborne paint requires 90 percent less solvent, and contains no HAPs and only low amounts of VOCs, which means it’s better for you and our planet. Our waterborne paint offers our customers a safer and higher quality product at no extra cost. 

Are you still unsure about water-based paints compared to solvent-based paints? Let us give you some of the benefits to using water-based paint. 

Compare Compositions & Environmental Effects:

Water-based and solvent-based paints are the same in their core composition. They are both composed of color pigment and a binder for a film. The pigments in water-based and solvent-based paints are often identical, giving water-based paints the same light-fastness and color options. The binders, while chemically different, are both forms of an acrylic and are made for exterior uses, giving water-based paints the durability necessary for an automotive coating. While solvent-based paints have a quicker cure time, they also release noxious fumes into the air, which water-based paints do not, making water- based paints safer for you and the environment. 

Compare Durability: 

Conventional paints use solvent bases, which rapidly dissipates from the surface, whereas water-based paints utilize water, which evaporates at a slower rate depending on temperature, humidity and air flow. This means that the pristine look of your paint will last longer with water-based paints.