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Conventional solvent-based finishes such as nitrocellulose lacquer and varnishes provide a durable, high quality finish at a reasonable cost. However, they can also be significant sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) both in the application and cleanup stages. Solvents released to the air include xylene, toluene, ketones, methanol, methylene chloride, and various mineral spirits.

Water-based finishes

Water-based finishes have become increasingly popular with eco-minded woodworkers in recent years because they contain significantly less solvent than conventional solvent-based finishes. This means less solvent to evaporate into the atmosphere and less solvent to breath. Healthier for the environment and healthier for your lungs. That is the value proposition of water-based finishes.

Water-based clear finishes are typically milky white in color as a liquid but turn clear as they dry. They are clearer than their solvent-based counterparts and stay that way over time. This makes them ideal finishes for light-colored woods such as ash, birch, and maple. They also dry quickly. In less than an hour, you can apply two coats of finish with a sanding in between. Of course, this quick drying means you must work quickly and avoid excessive brushing when applying the finish. Clean up doesn't require any smelly chemicals - just plain old soap and water. That's another plus of water-based finishes.

In terms of toughness and scratch resistance, water-based finishes score very highly and compare favorably with solvent-based polyurethane. Their durability, in combination with reduced fumes, has made them become increasingly popular as a finish for hardwood floors. Note that once a water-based finish has cured, it is more difficult to remove than a solvent based finish. Conventional varnish and paint removers hardly work at all with some urethane finishes.

Wood Coatings

They are based on non-ionic wetting and dispersing agents especially suitable for water-based transparent wood stains.These preparation show high tinting strength with high transparency and brilliance. Viscosity is low and stability against settling and skinning is excellent.

Light Fastness

Light Fastness was determined according to DIN EN ISO 105-B02(accelerated light fastness test, 8 step blue wood scale).

Fastness to alkalis and acids

Fastness to alkalis and acids were tested on synthetic resin emulsion paint (pigment vol. concentration 40%, 2hrs at 40%c, 1% NaOH or 2% HCl, respectively). Assessment was made according to DIN EN 20105-A02 (5 step grey-scale).

Dura Wood Protect Range Shade Library

This wood Stain Library has been prepared to reflect the broad spectrum of typical wood shades which can be produced using our Dura Wood Protect Range water based pigment reparations.