Our finishes are now even safer
We’ve always used low VOC finishes for our furniture and fixtures, and today we’re taking another step forward in becoming more natural and more non-toxic.
What Makes Baxter Mill’s Finish a Safe Product?
We use the safest finishes on the market today. All of our birch wood products are finished with a zero VOC clear coat. The clear coat is roller applied and then cured with a UV light. This is what allows it to not need any of the chemicals that are in most finishes for curing purposes. The whole reason that there are volatile chemicals in the finish is that they evaporate very quickly which allows the top coat to dry. If it is cured by UV light, then there is no need for the chemicals. This is better for all of us. The people working in the factory and also the end users of the product.
For our painted products, we use a low-VOC polyurethane that is tinted with the final color. This allows the best of both worlds. It allows for all of the colors that we want, and also a water-resistant and durable finish. And, it is water based! So, all of those gases in old-school finishes is replaced with water which produces final products with a neutral odor that’s safe for pets and kids. Water based top-coats have lower VOCs which result in better indoor air quality.
Why is our new finish better than other water-based furniture finishes?
It has greater durability, with a cured hardness that is twice that of the average water-based finish. It also has 25% less VOC content than the standard that most water-based finishes try to meet.