All Auto Paints Announces New EPA Rule to Impact Auto Body and Auto Painting Shops, But There is a Way Around it for the Small Job

Share Article

All Auto Paints clarifies the new EPA rule, “40CFR Part 63 Subpart, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Otherwise known as, AREA SOURCE RULE. This became effective in 2011. Aerosol cans can be very effective for the small job, then the rule doesn't apply.

News Image

1K Spray Can

"Yes, it can be done with a Spray Can!"

Past News Releases


How does this affect body shops and other small shops that paint metal and/or plastic parts? The rule requires the specific use of specified equipment and management practice. Shops must keep records of training, compliance activities, must submit reports, and notifications to the EPA or other designated agencies. Existing shops have three years to comply; new shops must comply upon start-up.

There are many requirements that the shop must obey. Three of the major requirements are: 1. Apply spray coatings in a booth, prep station or mobile enclosure; all with exhaust filters that capture at least 98% of the paint overspray. 2. Use of HVLP spray guns (or other application equipment with high transfer efficiency.)
3. Use enclosed gun washers. Also, shop owners must certify that their painters have received hands on classroom training. Training and certifications are valid for up to five years.

Required topics include: Selection, setup, and operation of spray equipment; application techniques to improve transfer efficiency; and environmental compliance.
One of the methods of application that is not affected is aerosol spray cans. Which can include spray can touch up paint, primers, and cleaners. With advanced spray can nozzles, aerosol touch up can be applied as if you were using a spray gun.

USC Chemical has developed a product called Spray Max. This is an advanced nozzle that does not leak, has a large spray pattern, and any color can go in the can. For small jobs, the shop does not have to follow the rule; it can continue to spray outside or in prep areas. This is the best way to get around the rule.


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Dan Timmons
Visit website