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Wood Products & Furniture:
Product Substitution to Low or No-HAPs Coatings/Coating Solvents

Company Design Fabricators, Inc.
555 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Person to Contact Bob Coleman, Principal
Telephone: (303) 661-9800
Product or Service Custom Retail Store Fixtures
Number of Employees 115
Waste Stream Targeted Coating-related waste, HAPs emissions
Original System Solvent-based Lacquers/Lacquer Thinners. Typical coatings/coating solvents contain methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, toluene, and xylene. Many of these chemicals are considered Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and/or Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).
New System
(with P2 Modifications)
Low or No-HAPs Lacquers/Lacquer Thinners, contain low amounts of or no listed hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Low-HAPs products used in this case:
1. T-6 Lacquer Thinner (Product # 900-0406).
2. Low HAPs Water-White Sealer (# 900-0406-01).
3. Low HAPs Precatalyzed Lacquer (25 Sheen, # 571-0377- 25 and 40 Sheen, # 571-0377-40).
4. No HAPs Wipe Reducer (# 590-0156).
Cost Savings
Initial Equipment Costs None.
Material Cost Savings There is little or no cost savings associated with this improvement. Low or no-HAP coatings/coating solvents are, in general, more expensive to purchase than conventional coatings/coating solvents (one is less expensive). Similar quantities are required; therefore costs are slightly higher overall.
Waste Disposal Costs There is no waste disposal cost savings associated with this improvement.
Major Benefits Reduced HAP emissions from 21.9 tons/year to 8.7 tons/year, a 60% reduction.
Improved worker health and safety, reduction in associated liabilities.
Improved business image.
Obstacles Low or No-HAPs Lacquers/Lacquer thinners still contain VOCs.
Time Since Implementation 1 year. (1/23/96)
Source/Supplier Guardsman Products
Larry Moore, Rep.
13535 Monster Rd. South
Seattle, WA 98178
Telephone: (719) 532-3107
Main Reason Implemented Reduce HAP emissions. Improve worker health and safety and reduce associated liabilities.
Key to Success in Making this P2 Modification Working with vendors to find less hazardous products.

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