VICTORIAVILLE, Quebec — The College Centre of Technology Transfer for the Cabinet and Woodwork Industries recently completed a study on water-based wood finishes.
College researchers noted they chose to take a closer look at the pros and cons of water-based finishes because an increasing number of furniture and woodworking companies have made a transition toward more eco-friendly practices. Many others have not done so because of perceived barriers to implementation. The researchers noted there are many factors driving companies to join the water-based finish movement. They added that the two major reasons cited by companies that have adopted water-based technology are health hazards associated with high-VOC paints and regulations that limit the level of VOC emissions that can be released in the environment, thus restricting the use of some solvent-based coatings traditionally used by the industry.