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2K Polyurethanes: What Wood Finishers Should Know – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I opened a discussion on the growing popularity of waterborne 2K polyurethanes, also commonly called “2K WB’s,” “2K urethanes,” “2K-PU,” “two-part” or “2-pack” urethanes. These are waterborne coating formulations that use a secondary additive in their design, making the coating a 2-component system. With the use of 2K polyurethanes …

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2K Polyurethanes: What Wood Finishers Should Know – Part 1

Have you noticed “2K polyurethanes” or simply “2K urethanes” are “having a moment” on social media lately? I certainly have, and I must admit, I have some concerns about what is being said (or not said) about these products, particularly the ones being marketed as “safer” because they are water based. If you haven’t heard …

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Advice on Using Masks and Respirators with Water Based Wood Finishes

Given that people know that they should wear a mask when sanding, we still come across the wood finishing safety question of do I have to wear a mask when I spray a water based finish? Yes, you do. When manufacturers of water-based wood finishes began to come onto the scene with their products, the …

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