Apex™ Paint Detackification in Paint Booth

APEX™ Paint Detackification Technology

The Nalco Water APEX™ Paint Detackification technology has been successfully implemented in paint booth systems using all kinds of paint types (polyurethanes, 2K clear coats, high solids primers, high solids solvent-borne basecoats, and high solids water-borne basecoats). APEX™ technology delivers complete paint detackification with improved overall system collection efficiency and cleanliness.

Superior Paint Detackification Chemistry

Water APEX™ technology includes the first, truly effective, 99% biodegradable paint detackifier chemistry. As a result, the APEX™ technology was a 2012 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award winner, which recognizes superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers.

Detackifier Composition Is Focused on Safety and Sustainability

  • Over 99% sustainable and renewable raw materials  
  • Zero VOC
  • Zero Formaldehyde
  • Not classified as dangerous in accordance with Directives 67/548/EEC or 1999/45/EC
  • Product is not regulated during transportation

Flocculant (Polymer) - Ultimer Technology

  • Winner of US Presidential Green Chemistry Award
  • No oil content
  • Easily applied

Antifoams - Improved High Performance Materials

  • High active content
  • Requires low dosage
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Advanced formulations
  • Zero VOC


Paint Booth Performance and Results

Developed by the water treatment and automotive experts at Nalco Water, APEX™ detackification products can rapidly lower system turbidity and total suspended solids. Challenging foaming issues frequently observed in paint detackification systems are quickly minimized or eliminated.

After introducing APEX™ technology, customers are typically able to achieve an average reduction of 20% in the Total Cost of Operation in their paint booth systems. The evaluations of the impact of APEX™ technology upon customer Sustainability Performance Indicators (SPIs) in paint booth operation have shown the following average improvements:


  • Reduction in water volume and cost of more than 20%
  • Improved microbiological control


  • Reduction in energy consumption and cost of more than 10%
  • Reduction in waste volumes, disposal and incineration costs of more than 30%


  • VOC-free paint detackification programme available
  • Reduction in odour and related number of complaints
  • Asset Protection
  • Enhanced process efficiency, product quality, or site productivity
  • Reduction in maintenance and specific cleaning activities and costs of more than 50%
  • Improved air filter life


  • Reduced emissions
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Achievement of your sustainable goals
  • Technical expertise
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Paint Detackification Success Story

During the last decade, the Automotive Industry has increasingly demonstrated a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Many automotive programmes and procedures have been put in place to help meet sustainability targets to reduce the consumption of natural resources, and associated emissions and waste. Today the industry must work even harder to meet sustainability targets and financial goals. Cost control and reduction of the total cost of operation remain key factors in managing and operating profitability.

Many automotive plants worldwide have strict environmental management practices in place which aim to:

  • Reduce emissions to air, in particular CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Reduce energy consumption using innovative technologies
  • Reduce freshwater use
  • Minimise waste production and improve water treatment

Learn more about how Nalco Water is innovating for a better paint shop.

More APEX™ Paint Detackification Case Studies

Delivering Major Cost reduction

Learn about how Nalco Water helped a Global Automotive Manufacturer in Thailand improve performance in their paint shop and deliver major cost reductions.

Improving Sustainability Performance and Delivering Cost Savings

Learn about a leading European automobile manufacturer that operates production facilities around the world, and is one of the leading producers in Europe.

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Improving Performance and Delivering Major Cost Reduction

Learn about this major auto assembly plant, one of two green flag designated customer sites in Europe and MEA.

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Reducing Solid Waste

Learn about how Nalco Water helped an automotive assembly facility reduce their solid waste by 267,000 pounds.