We get a lot of questions from our Target Coatings Facebook followers via Facebook Messenger—about everything from creating a semi-transparent tint, to water-based paint durability, to whether we ship to Canada. And we realize that some of those questions might be of interest to other customers out there. So we’re going to start publishing some of these here, on the Target Coatings blog, from time to time. The following are some questions (and answers from Jeff!) we’ve received about EMTECH water-based finish over the last month…

EMTECH water-based finishQuestion:

It seems that only EM6500 Water-Based Pigmented Lacquer or EM6600 Water-Based Raven Black Lacquer can be pigmented right? But as far as top coat film wear is concerned they are about the same, right? My goal is to finish paint grade cabinetry and paint grade furniture. I’m planning on using a HVLP system to apply it.


Only the EM6500 can be custom-tinted. The EM6600 is pre-tinted to a Raven Black color. It cannot be tinted any further.  In regards to choosing a clear coat to apply over the EM6500 to create a harder shell or to adjust the sheen higher/lower, I recommend that you use the EM9300 Polycarbonate Urethane for this application. It will give a good, clear final finish over the EM6500 (which is already top coat rated).


Can your pigmented lacquers be tinted to semi-transparent level? I see the EM6500 Water-Based Pigmented Lacquer can be custom tinted.


All of the EM6500 bases are opaque, not translucent. You can make a translucent version by blending 5% EM6500 into one of our clear topcoat products such as the EM9300. As for custom tinting—we match Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.

EMTECH Water-based finishQuestion:

Is the new EM7000 High-Build Water-Based Lacquer durable like the EM9300 or do I need the cross link to add durability?


EM7000 has similar durability as the EM9300 when compared in an interior environment—so yes, they are similar is wide array of tests. Keep in mind that EM7000 is not exterior rated, so it should not be exposed to long-term exterior situations. In regard to cross-linking, it depends on what the exposures will be. If you are looking at EM7000 for musical instrument use, I think you will find it to be of equal caliber in that application.

Have a question about EMTECH water-based finish? Let us know—we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Stay tuned for future posts where we’ll share answers to questions others have had. And don’t forget, we also post a number of frequently asked questions (FAQ) from customers over at our FAQ page!