Clear Coats

It has been an evolution over years of experience.  We have a patented process that is above the competition. The competition refuses to develop finishing processes. We use all grade A woods.  We never use grade B woods and you have the owner of the company running the finishing department which leaves the highest standard in  Newfoundland. That is why each color is tailor-made to the client.  I have never lost sight of my philosophy from day one of bringing out the natural beauty of the wood.    Below are samples. More samples can be viewed at the shop. 

 
   
   
   
   

 

 

Is Water Based Tough Enough ?

  To demonstrate the hardness and durability of clear water-based finishes, Hydrocote conduced a Sward Hardness test to compare Water based Polyurethane to solvent-based nitrocellulose lacquer and oil based polyurethane.

The finishes were sprayed on metal plates and the films were subjected to abrasion from a swinging stainless steel pendulum at interval during the course of a week.

 

The chart to the right shows the hardness developed of the four products tested. The hardness values given are based on 1.5 mil film allowed to dry at 76�F and 45% relative humidity (Scale: Hardness of glass =100) .

 

One important note on the test. Polyurethane doesn't reach its full strength until after 30 days. This test was done 4 years ago water based is a lot stronger now.

Hardness: Water-Based vs. Solvent Based

Drying Times

Oil based

Polyurethane

Water based

Polyurethane

Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer

1 hr

15

3

20

2 hrs

27

8

27

8 hrs

38

22

30

24 hrs

40

42

30

48 hrs

43

56

30

1Week

45

63

30