Small to Medium Area Repair Technology

ecosmart = commitment to high quality auto body repairs with low environmental impact

Colors On Parade is committed to SMART business both economically and environmentally. In an ever changing environment, Colors On Parade continues to ask what can be done to develop and apply SMART practices for all customers and business partners. The ecosmart System was established in order to provide high quality auto body repairs with low environmental impact.With over 25 years of continual improvements to auto body repair methods and equipment, the ecosmart System employed by Colors On Parade utilizes advanced technology to meet the environmental needs of communities across the United States. By focusing on the use of minimal materials, efficient equipment, unique processes, transportation costs and other factors, Colors On Parade’s ecosmart System is able to bring true efficiency to the portion of the auto body repair industry that it services.Colors On Parade ecosmart System:

  • Over 25 Years of Proven Technology Advancements
  • Meets OSHA, NFPA and EPA standards
  • Minimizes Waste
  • Utilizes Energy Efficient Equipment
  • Includes Extensive Training, Research and Reporting
  • Sets and Follows Best Practices for Industry Standards
finishing_stationOver 25 Years of Technological Advancement

  • 8 patents for paint technology filed with the USPTO
  • Successful business model for over 25 years
  • Over 200 franchises spanning 25 states

Environmental and Safety Standards

  • The extremely low amount of Isocyantes and flammable vapors released during our repair of small areas does not exceed any OSHA or NFPA standards.
  • EPA requirements are met through national, regional and local research, political involvement and education.
  • Low Air Pressure levels, distance and speed of spraying technique reduce the amount of particulates released and maximize the transfer efficiency of our painting process.
  • With the extremely low volume of paint and air pressure, a very high level of transfer efficiency is achieved and very little (less than 10%) paint fails to adhere to the vehicle.
  • Our paint repair systems utilize paint products that contain no heavy metals as defined by the EPA.
  • Dust collection and tarp containment systems protect ground water in addition to insuring the proper disposal of waste materials.

Minimal Waste

  • Repairs are focused on the smallest possible area.
  • The typical total quantity of paint used in a repair is less than 100 grams.
  • Technicians use paintless dent repair when possible, touch up systems and minimize the area painted by using patented spot blend technology.
  • The small size of repairs reduces the emission of volatile organic compounds associated with smog and air pollution.

Energy Efficient

  • Turbine spray systems are used on all repairs utilizing four times less electricity than a standard compressor system.
  • A mobile business model brining repair systems to damaged vehicles minimizes fuel cost of vehicle transfers to body shop facilities.
  • Small repair areas and efficient turbine equipment (up to 90% efficient) allow less energy to be used and the spray process is very short.
  • Our turbine system’s efficiency reduces emissions of hazardous pollutants most typically associated with increased cancer risks.

Training, Research and Reporting

  • All Colors On Parade technicians receive on going nationally regulated training and certifications.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided, regulated and safety fitted on a national level.
  • Environmental impact, safety and efficiency are continually reviewed by a nationally recognized research and development team.
  • Every technician is certified to meet all EPA compliance laws. Notifications and compliance status is reported and updated annually.
  • All mobile operating units undergo annual review for certification compliance.
  • Technical and environmental support is available to our technicians on a daily basis.
  • Partners such as PPG and 3M work closely with Colors On Parade to support our efforts to continually improve our ecosmart repair process.

Best Practices and Industry Standards

  • Corporate representatives work with political leaders on a national, regional and local level to share information, increase knowledge base and reduce environmental impact.
  • Corporate representatives are highly involved in national industry tradeshows and educational seminars.
  • Affiliation and participation in national dealership, fleet and automotive groups support our efforts of ongoing technological advances and exceeding industry standards.
  • A national corporate research and development team provides opportunity to test products, programs and systems in a variety of environments providing efficient process to fit particular areas.

Colors On Parade

Typical Body Shop

Spraying is done outdoors in a designated safe area with minimal materials released into the area requiring no ventilation or harm to people in the surrounding area. Spraying takes place in a paint booth with significant over spray and release of chemicals and materials that require ventilation through a system into the outdoors.
Meets OSHA and NFPA requirements and eliminates fire hazards due to very small amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and flammable vapors released due to small size of repair areas. Provides safer work environment for technician. Isocyanates and flammable vapors pumped out vent stack – (NFPA).
Required by OSHA and NFPA to protect painter in enclosed spray area.
Atmospheric dilution renders particulates harmless to painter. Filtration system captures particulates only. Required for protection of painter – (OSHA)
HVLP turbine spray guns utilized. HVLP compressor spray guns utilized.
The turbine system’s efficiency and our very small ecosmart repair sizes reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are associated with the formation of smog and typically regulated by Federal and State agencies as well as local air pollution control districts. The compressor system’s reduced efficiency and the larger nature of the repair sizes increase emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are associated with the formation of smog and typically regulated by Federal and State agencies as well as local air pollution control districts.
The turbine spray gun delivers significantly less overspray (wasted materials) than the compressor powered spray gun. This is due to the lower air pressure utilized by turbine spray guns. Due to higher air pressure utilized in a compressor spray gun significantly more overspray (wasted materials) is delivered than in a turbine powered spray gun.
ecosmart repair process includes mandatory spray efficiency training per 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH Refinish Area Source Rule.
Materials Used:
The ecosmart repair process focuses on limiting the repair to the smallest possible area. Traditional body shop methods are not geared to limit the size of repairs. Larger repair areas produce more revenue.
The typical quantity of paint (primer, color & clear coat) mixed to perform an ecosmart repair is less than 100 grams. The standard minimum quantity of paint (primer, color & clear coat) mixed by a body shop painter for the same repair is at least 200 grams.
Ground Water Protection:
The ecosmart repair system utilizes paint products that contain no “heavy metals” as defined by EPA 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH Refinish Area Source Rule. Body shop repair systems may utilize paint products that contain “heavy metals” as defined by EPA 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH Refinish Area Source Rule.
The ecosmart repair process includes the protection of ground water by the collection of all sanding byproducts via dust collection systems or tarp containment systems.
Energy Efficiency:
The onsite nature of the ecosmart System eliminates the fuel used to transport vehicles offsite to body shop facilities. The offsite nature of body shop repairs requires additional fuel to be used to transport vehicles to spray booth facilities.
The electrical usage/efficiency of the turbine spray gun system is four times less costly to operate than a typical compressor spray gun system. The electrical usage/efficiency of the compressor spray gun system is four times more costly to operate than a typical turbine spray gun system.