Crown Collision Switches to Eco-Friendly Paint!

Crown Collision Centers' Three RI Locations Switch to Eco-Friendly Waterborne Paint

Crown Collision Centers (, a family owned and operated full-service collision center in Pawtucket, Bristol, and Middletown, announced that it is now offering AkzoNobel Sikkens Autowaver, an environmentally-friendly waterborne paint featuring a lower volatile organic compound (VOC) emission. Use of Autowave can reduce solvent emissions by more than 85 percent.

"We're pleased to make the shift to waterborne at our three Rhode Island locations," said Ed Breault, President and CEO of Crown Collision Centers. "In doing so, we're equipping our customers with a responsible quality solution that helps protect and preserve the environment by delivering a lower VOC."

Waterborne coatings such as Autowave have proven successful in Europe in recent years, as well as other parts of the U.S., but few East Coast auto body repair shops offer customers such an option. Crown is part of an innovative group of shops making the shift to a greener business. Beyond environmental benefits, the Autowave waterborne paint is less flammable and more cost effective than traditional solvent-based paints which contain VOCs, as well as hazardous air pollutants. Major manufacturers such as General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, and Chevrolet have approved use of Autowave waterborne paint following extensive testing.

"It is our goal to continue to work hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to helping to reduce overall environmental impact while maintaining our longstanding commitment to quality assurance and customer satisfaction," added Breault.

About Crown Collision Centers

Established in 1963, Crown Collision Centers is Rhode Island's largest, family-owned and operated collision repair facility and the only collision repair shop in the State with three locations. Specializing in both foreign and domestic vehicles, Crown is committed to making the vehicle repair process as stress free as possible for its customers.