Paint and varnish, Solvents

Paint and varnish industry includes two big subsections:

  1. Paint and varnish production;
  2. Coloring, paint and other coating application

1. In paint and varnish production (manufacturing) almost at all plants used similar technologies: mixing of builder, pigment, solvent and special additives. While operating procedure on a different production areas harmful fumes and gaseous substances emission is occur. For example:

  • Dust. Produced while pigment is charging;
  • Organic substances (processing aids) fumes and gases;
  • Solvents fumes. Discharging, batching, mixing, packing emission;

Most harmful and hard-to-remove in this list of pollutions are different solvents fumes. In paint and varnish industry concentration of solvents in ventilating emissions reach 4000mg/m3 of air!

Here is not full list of substances used in paint and varnish industry which pollute air on a working area.

*Methyl ethyl ketone, *Sterol, *Acetone, *Methyl isobutyl ketone, *N-butyl acetate, *Toluene, *Xylene, *Ethylbenzene, *2-Methoxy – 1-Methyl acetate, *Butyl acetate, *Ethyltoluene, *Mesitylene, *Dethylbenzene, *Durene, *Benzoic and phthalic acid ethers, *Undecane, *Dodecane, *Tridecane, *Ninthdecane, *Eicosane, *Dimethylundecane, *Ethyl acetate, *Ethyl alcohol, *Methoxypropyl acetate, …

Some of these substances are extremely poisonous and must be cleaned.

Sterol (vinylbenzene, phenylethylene, ethylbenzene) C8H8/C6H5CH=CH2
Class of danger: 2
Limiting harmfulness rate: reflective-resorptive;
MPC one time maximal: 0,04mg/m3
MPC average daily: 0,002 mg/m3
Working area guideline, USA:
TLV (threshold limit value): 50 ppm; 213mg/m3
STEL (Short term exposure limit, not more 15 minutes, no often than 4 times during a shift): 100 ppm; 426 mg/m3)

Sterol irritates eyes, skin and respiratory tracts. Swallowing of liquid or inhalation of fumes can cause aspiration in lungs with risk of chemical pneumonia. Influence can cause loss of consciousness. Repeated or continuous contact with skin can cause dermatitis and sensitizing of skin. Repeated or continuous contact can cause asthma. Substance influences to central nervous system. Substance influences to central nervous system.

Solvents fumes can be removed from a working zone and fabrication facilities using exhaust ventilation and release into the atmosphere. But in that case two main difficulties appear:

  • Necessity to heat and fan incoming air in rooms
  • Government limitation to release of harmful substances into atmosphere

So many item manufacturers faced with the task to clean ventilating emissions and working area air from solvents fumes.

Now available several technologies of cleaning air from sterol: absorbing (activated carbon), scrubbers (liquid absorption), biological cleaning, reburning, catalytic, photocatalytic and gas-discharge-catalytic. All these technologies have positive and negative sides.

”Ecopromika” company Ltd worked out and produce special equipment complex for cleaning air on paint and varnish manufacturing plants from solvents fumes – “Gasconvertor “Yatagan”. For today these type of equipment has the best “cost-quality” and “efficiency-dimensions” performance, practically doesn’t have replaceable parts, doesn’t need wastes utilization and has lowest cost of operation.“Gasconvertor “Yatagan” installations efficiency of cleaning air from solvents confirmed by many tests on a stand in laboratory environment and operating enterprises.

Rest on field experience of “Gasconvertor “Yatagan” on a different enterprises, related to fiberglass plastic and composite materials production we recommend:

  • To clean ventilating emissions from solvents fumes use “Gasconvertor “Yatagan X,X – 1000/4000” installations;
  • To clean air in recycling ventilating systems use “Gasconvertor “Yatagan X,X – 200 R” installations or “Gasconvertor “Yatagan X,X – 2000 R” installations;

Attention! These installations are not filters. “Gasconvertor “Yatagan”– stationary industrial equipment, which doesn’t need any consumable materials and components.

“Gasconvertor “Yatagan” installations to clean air from solvents fumes used on enterprises like part of ventilating systems (combined extract and input ventilation, recycling ventilation), or like separate local air cleaner.

2. Use of paints and varnish for industrial deposition and cleaning of air from solvents fumes and other pollutions has quite a number of features connected with applied coloring techniques and types of used materials. There are various types of coatings, which differ in coloring technique and types of paintwork materials. In every case there are different types of working area air pollutions, technological ventilating emissions and air ducts.

2.1. Polymeric (powder) coating – polyester, epoxy polyester, epoxy. Spreading to the item by electrostatic method like dry powder. Coating formation occurs in a special oven at the temperature of 150-180C degrees.

Pollutions: paint powder, gaseous decomposition products of paint while paint powder melts in oven, fumes of solvent which is used in preparing items surface to painting.

2.2. Two-component precoats and paints – baking after mixing of components. Most breakthrough technology of two-component coatings deposition is dispersion and mixing of components directly “in stream” just before it reach a surface.

Pollutions: paint and varnish aerosol, solvents and paint components fumes. Also at inside wall of air ducts and fan propellers extensive deposition of paint aerosol is occur.

2.3. Ultraviolet precoats and paints – polymerize after ultraviolet irradiation. Dispersing technique – dispersion on a surface and placing to ultraviolet irradiation area for a time.

Pollutions: paint and varnish aerosol, solvents and paint components fumes. Also at inside wall of air ducts and fan propellers extensive deposition of paint aerosol is occur.

2.4.“Conventional coatings” – nitro paints, nitrodopes and precoats, “oil” colors, varnishes and precoats. Different volatile and low-volatile compositions. Dispersing technique – various, from brushing – up to dispersion at automatic flow line.

Pollutions: paint and varnish aerosol, solvents and paint components fumes. Also at inside wall of air ducts and fan propellers extensive deposition of paint aerosol is occur.

Any paints, precoats and varnishes dispersing are done in a special painting chamber, equipped by combined extract and input ventilation. When drawing from such chambers is organized cleaning of air from powder, paint aerosols, harmful gases and solvents fumes need to be provided.

Special equipment complex for cleaning air of painting chambers:

  1. Cleaning of air from paint aerosols – gas cleaner, bag filter, water curtain, volume absorption filter, other…
  2. Cleaning from powder paint – cyclone, bag collector, bag-type air filter, electrostatic filter, other…
  3. Cleaning of emissions from solvents fumes and gases – “Gasconvertor “Yatagan X,X – 1000/4000” installation
  4. Claiming of air on a working area made by “Gasconvertor “Yatagan X,X – 200 R” or “Gasconvertor “Yatagan X,X – 2000 R” installations.