VOC-free purge cleaning of paint application equipment

Frankfurt a.M./Germany, New Providence NJ/USA, March 31 2017 - Chemetall, a leading global surface treatment supplier and a global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, has introduced a VOC-free purge cleaning technology to the automotive market.

Gardostrip® P meets the required Automotive OEM environmental standards and offers significant process cost savings. Chemetall’s purge cleaners enable paint shop managers to efficiently exchange colors and paint systems of their application equipment and thus supports a high flexibility in the production process.

“As a pretreatment specialist we have a close relationship with the automotive industry and are well aware of their adjacent production processes and challenges”, says Namhun Lee, Global Key Account Manager at Chemetall. “To enhance their paint shop operations, we developed a new purge cleaning technology providing environmental, financial and quality benefits for our customers.” Gardostrip® P does not contain any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and complies with environmental regulations. All ingredients are water-soluble and easy to recycle.

Another benefit is the low usage concentration. Compared to conventional products, Chemetall’s purge cleaner can be operated at only 3-5 percent concentration while achieving at least a similar high cleaning performance. This very low concentration results in a low product consumption offering not only considerable process but also disposal cost savings.

Gardostrip® P is suitable for all 1K- or 2K-water-borne primers and base coats. Excellent purging performance in combination with environmental benefits has convinced more and more leading automotive customers to convert their paint shops to Chemetall’s VOC-free purge cleaners.


Gardostrip® P is a registered trademark of Chemetall. The product is available in Europe.

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Chemetall, a global business unit of BASF Coatings, is a leading global supplier of special chemicals with a focus on processes for the surface treatment of metals, glass and plastics. Chemetall is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and comprises about 40 companies and 21 production sites worldwide. With 2,500 employees, the Group achieved sales of about 845 million US Dollars (2015). More at

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The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, as well as decorative paints. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners’ needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2016, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.2 billion.

In 2016, BASF acquired Chemetall, a leading global supplier of applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries and end markets. With this expansion in portfolio, BASF becomes a more complete solution provider for coatings.

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