What is all this talk about VOC? To take a step back for a moment, 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”.
What can we expect from Waterlox? Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes come in two different formulations –
Traditional and VOC Compliant (low VOC). The VOC compliant products
have been available and in-use since December 2004. Our R&D goal was
to formulate and produce products that meet the regulations without
changing the results our customers have become accustomed to over the
last 100 years. We truly believe that we have succeeded in accomplishing
this goal. Below are the conclusions we’ve found through our extensive
lab and field-testing and product use:
- Dry times remain the same, even though solids and dry film thickness are slightly increased.
- Film properties (water and chemical resistance) remain the same.
- Flexibility and impact resistance remain the same.
Film hardness was found to be
slightly higher or faster (rate to final hardness and over time)
resulting in slightly better mar and scuff resistance, which may be
viewed as better durability.
Flow, leveling, touch-up and absence of lap marks remain the same.
The Satin Finish has no settling, and a more consistent and lower gloss level.
We feel that you will experience little if any changes in our new formulations, even though there are differences in the actual make-up
of the formulation. This is primarily due to the fact that the core
ingredients remain the same (Tung Oil, phenolic resin, etc.).
Can Traditional and VOC Compliant be used in combination? Although there is no real appreciable difference between the end-result
of the two finishing systems, they should not be used interchangeably /
in combination with each other.
Traditional Product Codes:
TB 5284 – Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish
TB 6044 – Waterlox Original Satin Finish
VOC Complaint Product Codes:
TB 6038 – VOC Compliant Sealer/Finish
TB 6035 & TB 6045 – VOC Compliant Satin Finish
- When coating a project with our Traditional formulations,
careful attention should be used to continue through the entire project
with the Traditional formulation. The VOC Compliant (low VOC) products
should not be used over top of the Traditional formulations.
coating a project with our VOC compliant formulations, careful
attention should be used to continue through the entire project with the
VOC Compliant formulation. The Traditional products should not be used
under the VOC compliant formulations.
- The Traditional formulations can be used over top of the VOC complaint formulations.
How Does This Apply to Me? The
VOC rules are applicable to any person who supplies, sells, offers for
sale, or manufactures any architectural coating for use within a VOC
restricted area, as well as any person who applies or solicits the
application of any architectural coating within the VOC restricted area.
For a full break down of VOC rules for each state, you can download our VOC Rule Update PDF.