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Chemical Resistant Wood Finish

Updated: Feb 1, 2020


Manufacturers of wood laboratory case goods and furniture now have a superior solution to providing cabinetry with a coating finish that is not only chemical resistant and durable, but also VOC compliant.

AQUA NORTHANE® has been developed to meet and exceed the requirements of SEFA (Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association) for laboratory grade casework, and yet be waterborne and low in volatile organic compounds.

The SEFA-8 testing protocol requires laboratory cabinetry to be highly chemical resistant to 49 harsh chemicals, including alkalis, acids and solvents, as well as to boiling water. Old technology utilizes catalyzed solventborne coatings which not only emit considerable quantities of hazardous air pollutants, but also are highly flammable on the production line.

AQUA NORTHANE® is a catalyzed waterborne clear finish for wood, which exceeds the SEFA requirement for chemical resistance, is non-flammable, and may be considered a “green” coating for LEED and other architectural initiatives. It does not require handling any aziridine or isocyanate crosslinkers.

Available in several gloss levels,  with over ten years of successful installation in many university, medical and government laboratories.

These unique waterborne wood finishes are low in VOC, HAPs-free and are specified not only as environmentally responsible finishing systems, but also as the preferred system for outstanding solvent and chemical resistance, suitable not only for laboratory furniture and case goods, but other applications requiring outstanding performance.

To hear more about these low-VOC waterborne high performance coatings, please call or drop us a line.

Rich Ulrich, Technical Director

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