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Does a clear top coat give you better chemical resistance?

Here’s a video from, professional finisher, Eric Reason, in Nashville Tennessee  proving the point that a clear top coat has better chemical resistance than a pigmented top coat.

That’s not too surprising when you consider what’s going on in the coating, a pigmented product starts out as a clear and has colorants and or pigments added to it, by the nature  of colorants they are not hard by themselves and so lessen the over all chemical resistance of the coating.

However what this, does do is give the finisher and additional tool in providing the customer with the protection to his cabinets that he needs and wants at an affordable price. for instance, the tinted water based conversion coating is around $65 a gallon while the regular acrylic tinted water based product is only $44  a gallon,  so you could save 20% on most of the materials and get  the color and look that the customer wants  and then top coat the job with the more expensive and better chemically resistant waterbase conversion clear coat. and for that matter the CIC also has a cross linker that you can add to the product making even more chemically and scuff resistant.

Once again, thanks to Eric for taking the time to share his findings with the community it. we are in a golden age of information, where information is relatively free, uncorrupted  and easy to  access. Cherish it, and spread the wealth.

You can see Eric’s other videos on YouTube or follow him at :

http://www.instagram.com/ericreason
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http://www.ercustomwoodwork.com

Greg Saunders
Annex Paint

October 30, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CIC solvent conversion varnish v.s. CIC waterborn conversion coating

This is a great video from Eric Reason, Whose permission I have to repost this video comparison of  the CIC waterbase conversion product and  its solvent based alternative.  This is know as destructive testing, the video does a phenomenal job of showing the testing he does to determine which has a greater resistance to solvents. The only thing that I would want to know is how long these board cured before the testing. I love the destructive Rub testing as it shows at what point will  a coating fail.

Something to be mentioned here is that a regular lacquer finish would have been stripped clean down to the bare wood in the 10 rubs of a lacquer thinner or acetone.  by comparison to that these finishes are pretty tough. That being said don’t leave your Kids and a gallon of lacquer thinner alone in your newly finished Kitchen 🙂

You can check out Eric other work at his web site: https://www.ercustomwoodwork.com/
Thanks

Greg

October 15, 2018 Posted by | CIC Centurion, water based Conversion Varnish, Conversion varnish, Water based Lacquers, Wood finishing | , , | Leave a comment

CIC water based Conversion varnish vs. CIC solvent based conversion varnish

I have promised to get back in to blogging and posting things to the blog here. My good friend and fellow wood finishing aficionado Eric Reason has pushed me back in to action.

Following is a low Rez video of a spray out and chemical resistance testing on a the CIC solvent based conversion varnish and the CIC water based conversion varnish.

As you will see, the solvent base survived a little better on the various chemical tests than did the water base, AS for which one was easier to apply? we’ll have to have another installment on that …

OK the video will be posted shortly … you now have to have a paid subscription  to upload video. I upgraded to the premium and will have to wait a day for  the upgrade to take place .

Best,

Greg

 

October 9, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment