Switching From Solvent-Based to Water-Based Coatings – Wood Coating

Posted : 01 September 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Concerns over VOC and HAP emissions, storage, flammability and employee health have spurred the switch from solvent-based to water-based coatings in the modern industry. Switching can lower your carbon footprint, improve the health of your workplace, demonstrate to buyers that you are forward thinking, and reduce your vulnerability to government regulations related to solvent-based coatings, all while reducing cost.



The current trend in wood coating is gearing toward low VOC, low HAP, with solventborne nitrocellulose and acid‐catalyzed conversion varnishes quickly being left behind. This trend is catching up fast in the South East Asia region, especially for products manufactured for exports to the USA and Europe.

The challenge is to develop a resin that has­ excellent durability, good adhesion and good water resistance. It also needs to be resistant to blocking, hard but flexibile and does not turn yellowish over formaldehyde‐containing substrates / basecoats.

Aristek’s solution to this is GP-1107, an APEO free, self-crosslinked pure acrylic emulsion polymer, designed specifically for wood coating.

General Properties of GP 1107
Solid content, % 48 +/- 1
Viscosity, cps 1500 – 2000
pH 8.0 – 9.0
Particle Size, µm 0.1-0.15
TG, oC 60


GP-1107 can be formulated for applications such as exterior paint, wood stain, wood primer, as well as rattan top coat.



PT. Aristek Highpolymer through its GREENPOL / GP series continually challenge the perception that water-based paints cannot perform as well as solvent-based ones in tests measuring qualities such as durability, gloss and feel, etc. As water-based coatings will become the standard in most applications, GREENPOL in its development offers solutions to the demand of various industries including coating, construction, adhesive, textile, etc