Welcome Vermont Natural Coatings
Updated: Mar 30
Hey Guys! I wanted to add a few finishing products to our shop offerings. While wood finishes have come a long way over the years and offer better performance, it often comes with harsh chemicals and odors that are bad for you and the environment. With than in mind, I searched far and wide to find a product that offered superior finishing qualities, was easy on the nose and the environment, and most importantly, EASY to use! (You really have no idea how important that part was for me!) I'm excited to say, Vermont Natural Coatings passed the tests with flying colors!
VNC is a water-based polymer made from renewable and recycled whey protein, a by-product of cheese making! It has almost no odor, is Red-list free (cancer-causing chemicals), and contains no California Prop 65 ingredients. And the best part is that it can be sprayed or applied with a foam brush. It's important to add that if you choose to spray VNC, it has no flash point. Learn about VNC here: https://vermontnaturalcoatings.com/
I finished the ash bench in our shop break room (actually applied the finish right in the break room) here at Hardwood Lumber with just a foam brush. It was VERY forgiving (even across the end grain of those oversize dove tails--see photos), had great work-ability and self-leveling properties and a really good build. I applied each coat with a foam brush, and sanded w/ a 220 sponge between coats. (Not saying I followed recommended directions, that's just how I did it and it still came out amazing.) Then the soap and water clean-up is a bonus.
The instructions recommend 3 coats, I applied 6. The finish is flawlessly smooth and has been holding up well to daily sweat and food! I even tested the finish's durability several ways: with an ink pen, vodka, lemon juice, spaghetti sauce, strawberries and by boiling a steel nut and placing it directing onto the benchtop. The ink pen required a Magic Eraser to remove it and the vodka
marred the finish a bit. But then I went over the surface with a little Murphy's oil soap cleaner and it looks like it never even happened--even months later! Ask to see the bench next time you're in the shop.
One quart cans of satin finish are just $25, and the VNC wood conditioner is $20 a quart.
I have cans of VNC stain coming in next week that I'll be experimenting with, so stay turned for more on that--plus another new product coming soon.