Guide1-Project Considerations

Waterlox® and Gloss Level

Waterlox offers different glosses in many of its product lines based on the principle of manipulating the surface roughness. When designing a Waterlox product, the focus is on providing superior protection while highlighting the beauty of the wood. We have offerings that range from a matte finish through a very high gloss finish. If you Waterlox® and Gloss Level

VOC Rules and Laws

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) have become a major focus of regulatory boards and agencies across the globe. There are ongoing studies and investigations into thousands of these compounds to determine their impact on health and the environment so rules, limits, and laws are constantly changing and shifting. These rules and limits can be set at VOC Rules and Laws

VOC COMPLIANT – ORIGINAL – H2OLOX® Formulations Explained

What is VOC? The definition of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) is as follows: “Any volatile compound containing at least an atom of carbon”. Our solvent-based architectural coatings contain Mineral Spirits, a petroleum distillate, containing carbon. Further, VOC Content is defined as “the weight of VOC per volume of coating”. Waterlox® products. Waterlox® ORIGINAL Tung oil VOC COMPLIANT – ORIGINAL – H2OLOX® Formulations Explained

Ventilation importance.

Proper ventilation and adequate air circulation must be provided when using any wood finishing materials. Most oil-based varnishes dry upon exposure to oxygen, which is also known as “oxidative cure.” A lack of cross-ventilation (air exchange) provides less free oxygen, slowing the drying process. Cross-ventilation is the biggest factor affecting dry times.It is not recommended Ventilation importance.

Waterlox® UNIVERSAL Tung Oil Sealer (UTOS) Advantages

Universal Tung Oil Sealer

Traditional Waterlox® systems began with a sealer, namely, Waterlox® ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish or Waterlox® MARINE Sealer. Waterlox® developed a new product aimed at simplifying and speeding up the application process, UNIVERSAL Tung Oil Sealer (UTOS). UTOS provides excellent protection, durability and appearance properties that Waterlox® products are known for along with some other advantages. Waterlox® UNIVERSAL Tung Oil Sealer (UTOS) Advantages

Understanding VOC

What is a VOC? VOC is an acronym (pronounced VEE-OH-CEE) that stands for Volatile Organic Compound. The scientific definition is an organic (carbon containing compound) that has a high vapor pressure at room temperature. The EPA defines this as “any organic compound having an initial boiling point less than or equal to 250°C at a Understanding VOC

Types of Finishes

What is a “Finish”? Wood finishing is probably the most complicated step in any wood project, mostly due to the sheer volume of options and choices available. A basic definition would be: “A protective layer formed by a permanent or semi-permanent solid”. The solid portion of a finish is what is left behind after everything Types of Finishes

Tung oil amount in Waterlox®.

By definition, Waterlox® ORIGINAL Tung oil finishes are “phenolic modified Tung oil-based varnishes”. By design, our original formulas are low solids solutions (meaning high solvent percentages) engineered to offer the most desirable combination of wood penetrating and protective film build. Without revealing the exact nature of our proprietary formulas, the solids portion of these finishes Tung oil amount in Waterlox®.

Traditional Sealers: ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish and MARINE Sealer

If you have used Waterlox products in the past, most likely you started your project with our Waterlox Original Sealer and Finish Medium Sheen (TB 5284) or our Waterlox Marine Sealer (TB 3809). Original Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish and Marine Sealer are and have always been the same product with different labels on the can. Traditional Sealers: ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish and MARINE Sealer

Thinning & Mineral Spirits1 recommendations

Waterlox® products, including ORIGINAL, H2OLOX®, TRUETONE®, MARINE, UTOS and URETHANE are formulated and manufactured to be used as is, out of the can or as ‘no thinning required’; therefore we do NOT recommend thinning. In some states, counties, districts, or townships with specific architectural coating rules, it may be illegal to thin coatings. If thinning Thinning & Mineral Spirits<sup>1</sup> recommendations