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Current good quality waterborne finishes11/7
After a 13 year hiatus from any steady cabinet work, I'm getting back into the fray with my own shop full time come spring
For WB CV, either sherwin williams stuff (IE kem aqua plus or sayerlack hydro*) or Axalata stuff (Zenith)
For WB polyurethane, Milesi/ICA/ILVA, whichever you can get easiest.
Since I now own a 2 year old no-overhang kitchen that was destroyed by the use of crappy pre-cat lacquer, i'm just going to controversially/biasedly suggest that it no longer has a place in this day and age ;)
i've been using waterborne for a long time now, and now i've settled on sayerlack. spays very well with a good AAA, cleanup is easy, dries hard (especially with the catalyzer) and is sandable, and looks just great. that's half of it. the other half is that i can get it locally. not having to rely on shipping finish is wonderful.
Just because it's water based, doesn't mean it's healthy for you. You still need to ventilate and keep dust from the shop settling on the fresh finish. Also your fire marshal and insurance agent will determine if you need a spray booth or not. Opting out could very easily not be an option.
The Italian companies are the top of the market right now.
ICA, ILVM, Renner etc all have advanced product lines suited to many applications.
I dont know for sure across the nation but I dont know any fire marshall or insurance company that would force any sort of explosion/booth issue with waterborne clause. Heck, even the EPA doesnt care on an open face solvent booth if you blow out with filters an a wall fan and down into a water trough.
If your insurance policy is noted with regards to waterborne and you blow your shop off the property sneaking in some solvent work you wont be covered. Same with fire marshal. They walk in for a random unannounced inspection the day you sneak some solvent in the booth and your poof (maybe in more ways than one). I could see your insurance giving you some booth grief if they are also carrying your comp for employees but thats a different ball of wax.
Wouldnt surprise me though with some of the stuff Ive heard around the country but its never been an issue here with either party mentioned.
Our fire Marshall was just in a few months ago and said whether your spraying solvent or waterbased the booth needs to be up to code.
Thanks for the info and recommendations;
May well be true. Our insurance and Fire Marshall would never fall for the dust collector/machine not running scenario and they dont really care period what "you say". They deal with whats in place and whats on paper in their report. Insurance isnt going to allow no dust collection period, just aint happening. Fire Marshall (at least here) isnt going to treat an inspected and willingly compliant WB shop the same way they will a solvent shop. They can immediately tell on their inspection based on the type of equipment, volume of solvent, what your work area looks like, and so on, as to what your spraying on a regular basis. As I mentioned, maybe we are lucky.
Here at least they will quickly find out who is trying to skirt the rules with a few frequent stop-in's.
i get it from a large local branch who gets it from an industrial branch not too far away. i mostly spray clear, and i do use it as self-sealing. sometimes i spray it over stain, shellac, or even cured oil.
i've sprayed the white as well, and i have both used it to self-seal, and sprayed it over shellac-based primer.
I switched to water based about a year ago and have been impressed with the results I am getting from Zenith by Axalta. I have a small shop that caters to higher end cabinet projects.