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Old 08-21-2007, 11:21 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars FHI Accelerates Introduction of Water-Based Paint at Gunma Plant

An 8/22 article from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun:

FHI Accelerates Introduction of Water-Based Paint at Gunma Plant

FHI will start operating its new painting facility at the Gunma-Yajima plant in November. Water-based paint, which is environmentally friendly, will be adopted. The original plan was to continue using solvent-based paint for several more months. Compared to solvent-based paint, water-based paint is more difficult to use in terms of drying and dealing with sharp colors. However, due to technological developments, the quality of the water-based paint has increased, and thus FHI will implement this process much earlier than expected.

The painting facility is under construction with FHI's investment of 10-15 billion yen ($US87-131 million). Once complete, painting processes of the Legacy model, and then shortly after, the Forester model will be transferred to the new facility. The old painting facility will be torn down. At the former site a new building will be constructed that will, to some extent, be used to attach parts before the production line.

Water-based paint has low contents of volatile organic compounds, which is a main cause of photochemical smog.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:26 PM   #2
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Now I can has water based crappy paint?
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
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Too bad great efforts such as using water-based paint won't help them sell anymore cars. I doubt customers go online to read news about how great Subaru is for being environmentally friendly. I still like how Subaru is trying their best to keep things clean though.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:35 PM   #4
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Does this mean I got one of the last good looking WRBs??

I think most people on here are more concerned about having a durable clear coat than how much toxins the paint releases. I'm glad they are taking these steps, but I am sure introducing a diesel would have more of an impact on their green quotient. I wish they would step that up. A diesel Forester Sport would be a sweet commuting/hauling car.

They can use latex paint for all I care as long as it will look good and they use a tougher clear coat.
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