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10) Water Based Stains, Lacquers, and Finishes:
Wine Cellar Innovations uses water based stains for the following reasons:
Your health, our health, the health of your wine, and the health of our planet.
- Oil based stains typically have 6 times the VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) of water-borne stains and finishes.
- Water based products are more UV resistant than solvent products that will get hazy and lose their color clarity.
- Water-borne products are "green" and environmentally friendly. Wine Cellar Innovations has proactively worked in conjunction with consultation from the EPA to eliminate all solvent based stains and finishes in our manufacturing processes.
- Oil based stains need up to 30 days to cure and if you touch up the cellar while installing it takes up to 30 more days to cure and must be mechanically ventilated during this curing time to avoid polluting the wine cellar with VOC’s.
- Responsible manufacturers in the U.S.A. are following the guide lines of the EPA and promoting environmentally safe water based low VOC stains. Foreign countries have not regulated the use of oil based stains as stringently as the U.S. E.P.A.
- As part of the natural aging process of wine, your cork allows air into your bottle. You do not want your wine contained in an area with high concentrations of VOCs.
Why are VOCs bad?
VOCs combine with nitrogen oxides in the air to form ozone, and some VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. The health effects of exposure to VOCs vary greatly by the type of chemical and the concentration. Exposure to high levels of VOCs, especially those that are neurotoxic, can cause
- tremors or seizures
- difficulty breathing, and even
What is wrong with using oil-based stains?
They dry/cure slowly, generally contain substantial quantities of VOC (volatile organic compounds), have fire dangers inherent and are "less convenient" to clean up. With laws governing such things changing and getting more strict, oil-based finishes will likely become less common over time, particularly in gallon cans. Application is generally brushed, wiped on or sprayed...the latter is less desirable in many cases since these products dry very slowly, relatively speaking, and re-coating times are varied.
Why choose water-borne stains?
- Water-borne finishes water -borne because the actual finish is suspended in the water, not "thinned" by it--typically dry quickly and have limited VOC. For this reason, they are being embraced by more and more people and firms for the added safety; both in health and in low or no explosion/fire danger.
- Water-borne stains are virtually odor free.No more headaches from sniffing too much stain. You can even work indoors without the risk of smelling up your entire home.
- Water-borne products are largely composed of water, their dry time is a fraction of that to oil-based products. This means multiple coats can be applied in the same time it would take a single coat of oil-base product to dry.
- Clean up is a breeze. Water-borne stains and top coats clean up with just soap and water.No more paint thinner or other potent solvents.
- They have inherent qualities that give the user ultimate control over the outcome of the finish. Water-borne stains penetrate deep into the grain of the wood giving a richer finish with only a single coat. Also, touch up is much easier with water-based stains.