|Review by TheDane||posted 04-04-2011 09:46 PM||11460 views||18 times favorited||33 comments|
This project was built in a class I was taking at the local tech college, and they will not allow polyurethane finishes in the finishing room in the shop. Most everything that comes out of that shop is top-coated with pre-catalyzed lacquer, which students have to buy from local sources. The finish supply stores around here carry only gallons and up, nobody else in the class needed any, and with a pot life of 3 or four weeks, there was no way I would use that much, so I would just be throwing it away.
I decided to try something different, and ordered EMTECH EM6000 from Target Coatings … http://www.targetcoatings.com/shop/products/EmTech_6000_Production_Lacquer_Satin_32oz-273-32.html . When I start spraying in my own shop (I recently acquired an Earlex HV5000), this is the stuff I will be using.
First off, you can’t beat water-based finishes for easy cleanup … no solvents, thinners, etc., so cleaning up the HVLP gun at the end of the evening was no more difficult than helping my wife with dishes.
Viscosity, out of the can, was perfect for the gun I was using, so there was no need to thin it.
The self-leveling properties and fast-drying time (20 to 25 minutes in my case … their finishing room has an excellent air filtration/circulation system) made it possible for me to build a terrific finish in a very short amount of time. Including sanding between coats, I got 6 coats of lacquer on my project in something under six hours … no runs, no sags.
Another thing I like about this stuff … I called Target Coatings, and was informed the ‘pot life’ is one year from the date it is opened.
Here’s the manufacturer’s description:
EMTECH™ EM6000 Production Lacquer (EPLv8.0) is an ultra clear, water-based acrylic lacquer that utilizes advanced polymer resins and HAPS-Free solvent technologies to provide a unique, self-leveling wood finish designed for commercial and industrial applications. Formulated for use in furniture, cabinet, interior architectural and custom woodworking applications, EPL provides a fast drying lacquer system with exceptional clarity, outstanding adhesion qualities and a nitrocellulose-type appearance and performance in a Ultra-Low VOC (ULVOC), 100% water-based system. EMTECH™ EM6000 Production Lacquer features a unique adhesion characteristic that allows it to bond to a wide variety of properly prepared substrates such as synthetic wood panels, carbon-fibre, PVC, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This feature gives great latitude of use for the finishing professional when working with EM6000 Production Lacquer.
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