Coatings World, March 1998
The 1998 outlook for U.S. wood
coatings shows manufacturers adapting to environmental regulations while
trying to establish success in markets outside the US. Regulations call
for coatings companies to be compliant with required VOC and HAP levels.
To comply with these regulations, companies have turned to water base
systems. Such a transition can have a positive affect on the environment
but the jury is still our concerning its affect on the quality of the
coating system. Aaron M. Undeland for Van Technologies, Duluth, MN said
the "environmental side will be gaining over the next few years".
They are currently testing water coatings for the hardwood floor industry.
Sherwin-Williams Chuck Susnis
said the company has revamped its line of wood coatings to meet HAP requirements.
It is currently utilizing UV technology for wood coatings for the first
time. Mike McEnroe for the Flood Company, Hudson, OH pointed out that
a product must have a lower VOC level depending on where it is sold in
states like California; in other states the VOC level can be higher. Dore
Ripley, President of Performance Coatings, Ukiah, CA said that often lower
VOC products do not last as long as those with a higher VOC content. Therefore
customers end up using the VOC products more often which in the long run
creates a significant amount of VOCs.
New Wood Coatings
As a result of the prominent environmental
debate, new products are being developed that tout environmental friendly
characteristics such as Okon’s Natural Choice, which contains moisturising
oils that prevent damage such as rot and mildew on wood surfaces including
wood siding, fences and outdoor furniture. The new FloodPro series, includes
a penetrating oil finish for exterior wood surfaces such as fences which
provides resistance against UV and mildew. Wolman Wood Care Products,
Pittburgh, PA has introduced Creocoat Wood Preservative, an environmentally
safe substitute for the company’s Creosote coal tar product. Creocoat
is a water-repellent and mildew-resistant preservative that protects exterior
wood from insect damage. Grafted Coatings, Seymour, CT has introduced
KTM finishes, a line of waterborne finishes which can be applied to porous