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WOOD PRODUCTS/FURNITURE MANUFACTURING

Wood Products & Furniture:
Switch to High-Solids Varnishes

Company Wood Masters
405 South Link Lane
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Person to Contact Brian Tormey, Owner
Telephone: (970) 484-2016
Product or Service Commercial Cabinetry
Number of Employees 4
Waste Stream Targeted Paint-related Waste
Original System Low-solids, Solvent-borne Coatings Conventional coatings consist mainly of resins, coloring agents, extenders, and additives carried in a solvent. Typical coating solvents are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as toluene, xylene, and MEK. These coatings contain high molecular weight resins (solids) in the range of 20-30% or lower. Typical VOC content is about 6.0 pounds per gallon. Conventional coatings can require addition of up to 50% reducer and a catalyst.
New System
(with P2 Modifications)
Low-solids, Solvent-borne Coatings Conventional coatings consist mainly of resins, coloring agents, extenders, and additives carried in a solvent. Typical coating solvents are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as toluene, xylene, and MEK. These coatings contain high molecular weight resins (solids) in the range of 20-30% or lower. Typical VOC content is about 6.0 pounds per gallon. Conventional coatings can require addition of up to 50% reducer and a catalyst.
Cost Savings
Initial Equipment Costs None.
Operating Cost Savings The new finishes have reduced labor costs (takes less time to achieve the required film thickness and reduced clean up time), but savings have not been quantified.
Material Cost Savings There may be a small material cost saving associated with this substitution, but it has not been quantified. The new finishes generally cost more per gallon, but require the addition of little or no thinners.
Major Benefits Reduced VOC and HAP emissions.
Improved worker health and safety.
More durable finish.
Positive business image.
Reduced number of spray applications to achieve a given film thickness.
Obstacles Employee adjustment to new finishes.
Sensitive to temperature and humidity.
Difficult to control sagging.
Generally require higher cure temperatures.
Time Since Implementation 6 months. (1/11/96)
Source/Supplier Paint & Lacquer Company
3701 S. Santa Fe Drive
Englewood, CO 80110
Telephone: (303) 761-0743
Main Reason Implemented Reduce VOC and HAP emissions.
Improve worker health and safety, reduce associated liabilities.
Key to Success in Making this P2 Modification Information from Woodworking Journals.
Employee adjustment to new products.

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