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  Coating Alternatives Guide (CAGE) User's Guide (EPA/600/R-01/030) April 2001

This guide provides instructions for using the Coating Alternatives GuidE (CAGE) software program, Version 1.0. The guide assumes the user is familiar with the fundamentals of operating a PC using the Microsoft operating system.

CAGE is designed to provide alternative coating chemistry recommendations for paint and coating operations. The initial focus of the program is on coatings for metal substrates. Additional modules will be developed for plastic, wood, and other substrates.

The CAGE program leads the user through a question-and-answer session. Based on the user's response to each question, a list is generated of relatively ranked low-emitting coating technologies. The user may then review brief descriptions of the alternatives on the computer screen. If any of the alternatives are of interest, the user may request a detailed report.

The report includes sections on general information, substrate and surface preparation, application techniques, curing methods, performance properties, safety and environmental concerns, industrial case studies for the alternative, and information references. The program also provides information on contacts and state technical assistance for the user's geographical location.


Michael Kosusko

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