Waterborne Finishes: Friendlier Than Ever
Simple shop tests help rate a new generation of clearcoatings
Synopsis: Waterborne finishes are nontoxic, adhere well, raise the grain less than they used to, and are easy to use, dry fast, clean up with water and level out well. Finishing chemist Chris A. Minick evaluates 15 popular brands of gloss and explains how to choose a finish. He discusses their chemistry, explains how they work, and offers a chart comparing how they all did in terms of adhesion over oil stain, stain, heat, and solvent resistance, sanding, appearance, and best applicator. Side information is provided on finish testing methods and on solving common finish problems.
A cigarette advertising campaign gained fame, if not fortune, by telling women, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” The ads are in bad taste. But that corny slogan would be perfect for describing products I’m sure advertising copywriters didn’t have in mind—waterborne wood finishes.
Almost universally, the latest wave of clear,…