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Back in July I was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis which is a Blood Cancer and can be caused by being using products that have Toulene and Benzene in them. I do high end millwork and Iím in the process of transitioning over to water borne finishes. Up until now Mohawk and Gemini have been my two suppliers. Iím looking for high quality suppliers and also any advice with using water borne stains and lacquers. Thanks for your help!
Sherwin Williams sells sayerlack hydroplus. this is a fantastic coating with great dry times and durability.
Sorry to hear about your health problems. ML Campbell, Target Coatings and General Finishes all have solid lineups of WB products. I use stuff from all 3.
For WB stains, I probably use General Finishes the most, but I also use dyes from Lockwood and stains from a company called Saman depending on the wood species and look that I'm going for. Stains are kind of the weak link in my opinion. Clarity, open times and grain raise are all issues to deal with.
Just because it's waterborne doesn't mean a total reduction in chemical exposure. Read the MSDS. Sorry about your issues. I would suggest you subcontract out ALL finishing. You have a hard enough battle ahead.
I spoke with the tech at Mohawk yesterday and he explained that the water borne finishes aren't what you would say totally green. The dye stains are free from the toluene and benzene and those are the two red flags. Ordered a gal. of Gemini's water borne lacquer and will start experimenting. I can change directions so that I don't have to use any of it, just trying to figure it all out. Thank you so much for your input!
Ok. This is a pet peeve for me. If I hear one more "professional finisher" complain about grain raise I'm gonna............I've done solvent and switched to WB 15yrs ago. The master woodworker/finisher I learned the trade under was a diehard WB dye/stain user and a solvent finisher. I asked what do you think about "grain raise" ? His reply, It's not a problem. One more time for emphasis grain raise is not the problem to a good finish.
Thanks Bart for that highly informative/veiled insult response. I've only been using WB (exclusively) for 12 years, so I guess I don't qualify as a "professional" yet. Are you saying grain raise doesn't happen, or that you've learned how to deal (or just live) with it?
We have switched to WB coatings for exterior and interior finishes.
To keep things simple, we use exclusively Gemini products with an Iwata Air Assist 17/1 rig.
We are extremely pleased with the results.