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Water Based Wood Finishing

EM9300 WB Polycarbonate Urethane

Water Based Polyurethane: The Best Choice for Your Project

Before you can decide whether water based polyurethane or oil based polyurethane is best for your project, you need to define what you want the end result to look like and how you want it to perform. Let’s start with why you would use polyurethane in the first place vs. other types of wood finishes …

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A Water Based Lacquer? Making Sense of the Confusion

My recent post about water based varnish generated some questions about water based lacquer, so I’ll address those today. Just so you know, anywhere from three to four times a day my phone rings and a customer asks, “Does [this product] create a lacquer type finish?” When the word “lacquer” enters the conversation a deep, …

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Is There Such a Thing as Water Based Varnish?

Is There Such a Thing as Water Based Varnish? Varnish – it’s word that has seen a lot of mileage over the centuries.  It is perhaps the oldest type of coating chemistry man has kept in his artisan quiver of tools to protect a wide array of objects and surfaces. Varnish, a resinous film former, …

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Brushing a Water Based Finish

We covered good ground in our last topic: “The best spray equipment to use for water based finishes.” Your responses were excellent! Today, let’s answer the next obvious question:  Can a water based finish be brush applied? Yes, they can! It’s true: many water based formulas are engineered strictly for spray application. But others, like …

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The Best Spray Equipment for a Water Based Finish

If you’re a regular reader, you know I dispense advice based on the frequency of the questions being asked. Notes from the Emtech Lab has covered a lot of ground over the past six months, but we have not touched on perhaps the most important topic yet – what type of spray equipment to use …

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Customer Spotlight: Sundeleaf Painting – Pride of the Pacific Northwest!

There is an old saying in the paint and coatings industry that goes, “House Painters are not Fine Finishers, and Fine Finishers are not House Painters.” For years I tended to believe this basic, somewhat two-edged sword of an observation. Painting and wood finishing are two different skill sets, and require long apprenticeships to gain …

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EMTECH Water-Based Finish Q&A: February 2017

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 …

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EM6000 Ultra-Low VOC Lacquer: Beats the Competition Both on the Job and In the Air

While it may seem like being “green”, respecting—and protecting—the environment and being mindful of harmful chemical irritants in our homes is somewhat of a trend at times, here at Target Coatings, it’s always been at the core of what we do. For 29 years now, we’ve believed in and created water-based coatings to promote the …

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EMTECH Finishes Featured on Top Canadian Woodworking Website

It’s always an honor to be featured in an industry publication–even more so when it’s the most active community of woodworkers and DIY’ers in Canada! Our thanks go out to Mark Salusbury for including Target Coatings EMTECH EM1000 Universal Sanding Sealer, and EM2000 Interior/Exterior Waterborne Alkyd Varnish in his write up on low VOC wood finish: “Healthy …

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