VOC REGULATIONS

WHAT EXACTLY ARE VOCS?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in everything from paints and coatings to cleaning products and underarm deodorants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many state air quality boards throughout the United States (see chart and map below) have begun to monitor levels of VOCs in many consumer goods including Waterlox. Because of this, we have developed Waterlox products that meet varying VOC limits and allow the beauty of Waterlox to be experienced throughout the country.

DEFINITIONS

VOC: Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a VOC is any compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions.

VOC Content: The weight of VOC per volume of coating.

AIM: Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings.

Appurtenance: Any accessory to a stationary structure coated at the site of installation, whether installed or detached, including but not limited to bathroom and kitchen fixtures, cabinets, concrete forms, doors, elevators, fences, hand railings, heating equipment, air conditioning equipment, and other fixed mechanical equipment or stationary stairways; fixed ladders, catwalks, fire escapes and window screens.

Architectural Coating: A coating applied to stationary structures or appurtenances at the site of installation, to portable buildings at the site of installation, to pavements, or to curbs. Coatings applied to adhesives, applied in shop applications or to non-stationary structures such as airplanes, ships, boats, railcars and automobiles are not considered architectural coating for Waterlox purposes.

Conjugated Oil Varnish: A clear or semi-transparent wood coating labeled as such, excluding lacquers or shellacs, based on a natural occurring conjugated vegetable oil (Tung oil). Determined using ASTM Method D-2800 and D-1983, modified with other natural or synthetic resins, with a minimum of 50 percent of the resin solids consisting of conjugated oil. Supplied as a single component product, conjugated oil varnishes penetrate and seal the wood. Film formulation is due to polymerization of the oil. These varnishes may contain small amounts of pigment to control the final gloss or sheen.

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR ZIP CODE?

The complete line of Waterlox products is available in quart sizes in all 50 states. For customers in Southern California who must abide by the SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) air standards, we have VOC compliant versions of our two most popular products, Waterlox Green Label Semi-Gloss (TB6068) and Waterlox Green Label Satin Finish (TB6035), both of which are available in gallons and quarts. By providing us with your zip code we can determine if we are able to ship your requested product to the area you live.

You will notice little, if any, changes in our VOC compliant products even though there are differences in the physical make-up of the formulations. This is because the core ingredients in all of our products remain the same.

Some retailers have not yet stocked our VOC compliant products. If you are unable to locate your favorite Waterlox product, or if you have questions about VOC regulations, please contact us.

INTERESTED IN VOC REGULATIONS IN YOUR AREA?

View our guide to state specific VOC regulations.