Please wait.'

Page is loading'

Home  > Publications  > Blog  > Do-it-all solutions for wood coatings

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Do-it-all solutions for wood coatings

Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

What do modern wood coatings have to offer today? Apparently they are supposed to be all-rounders, being VOC-free, based on renewable materials, provide first-class properties, display high-end appearance and feel. It is amazing how almost any new product on the market seems to fulfill these promises.

There are biopolymer-based additives that provide wax-like properties, formaldehyde-free crosslinkers that fulfill high-performance requirements, alkyd-modified polyurethane dispersions featuring reduced VOC-levels and a higher renewables content, high-performance additives formulated with renewable resources,… Of course, all these "green” products mentioned above exhibit excellent performance when it comes to chemical and mechanical properties etc.

I doubt that these do-it-all solutions represent the reality. Can we really talk about 100 % VOC-free systems? Is biobased technology already state-of-the-art? What about raw material costs and shortages? It’s obvious that R&D is dominated by environmental legislation, but there is the economic pressure, too. So I guess it will take some more time until inexpensive/waterborne/biobased/high-performance solutions are commonplace in the wood coatings industry. Nevertheless, it’s good to learn about and to promote new efforts to meet all the expectations voiced by the industry, end-users, and legislators so that they can penetrate the market as soon as possible.

Comments (2)
Add Comment

Post comment

You are not logged in



Kirsten Wrede
European Coatings Journal
Kirsten Wrede
Search term: