Waterlox® Coatings Corporation has been in the business of making premium wood finishes for over 113 years. We have produced some of the best quality finishes from tung oil and many formulas have remained unchanged for decades. However, the branding or naming conventions have changed on occasion, so this guide is a map to help identify which products you have used in the past or perhaps have sitting on the shelf.
The product number corresponds to specific Waterlox® formulations regardless of what the name or design is on the label. It is the best way to communicate a specific formulation, past or present. This number can be found on a few areas of the container. First is the underside of the can on a price tag type sticker.
Figure 1: Sticker on underside
On most stickers there is a date type code on the top line and a 4-digit formula number on the second line. On much older stickers you may only see the 4-digit code. The date code corresponds closely to when that particular batch was produced. The 4-digit code is the formula number. You can also find this 4-digit code within the last 5-digits of the barcode on the label (first 4 of the 5).
Figure 2: Barcode
While names may have changed due to different labeling or marketing, the 4-digit formula code has always remained the same throughout the years.
The following table shows current product names with their product number for quick reference.
UNIVERSAL Tung Oil Sealer (UTOS)
H2OLOX® Matte Finish
H2OLOX® Satin Finish
H2OLOX® Semi-Gloss Finish
H2OLOX® Gloss Finish
MARINE Satin Finish
MARINE Gloss Finish
ORIGINAL Satin Finish
ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish
ORIGINAL Gloss Finish
ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT Satin Finish
ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish
URETHANE Satin Finish
URETHANE Semi-Gloss Finish
URETHANE Gloss Finish
TRUETONE® Buff-In Tung Oil Finish
TRUETONE® Color Infused Tung Oil Stains
¹ – Replace the XX with numbers 00 through 10 to identify a specific color.
Current Names vs. Former Product Names
Many products have gone through a few name changes or have been referred to as different things throughout the years.
Waterlox® ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish (TB 5284)
The ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish has a product number of 5284. This is our true original product and is what all of our current tung oil containing finishes are modeled after. It has had quite a few names in its over 113-year history.
- Waterlox® ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish
- Waterlox® Transparent
- Tung Oil Finish (Carlisle®)
Many people do not realize that Waterlox® produces one of the highest quality oil-modified urethanes on the market and have done so since the early 1990s. The traditional naming convention had an XL-## type name but they Have been simplified in recent years.
- XL-89 = URETHANE Satin
- XL-90 = URETHANE Semi-Gloss
- XL-88 = URETHANE Gloss
Waterlox® ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT FINISH
While the air quality rules have changed since 1998, Waterlox® has produced a VOC Comliant formula for our ORIGINAL finishes.
- VOC COMPLIANT Sealer/Finish = ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish
- VOC COMPLIANT Satin Finish = ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT Satin Finish
Many companies have sold Waterlox® products under a private label. While some products are specific to those companies, others will have the same product numbers as common Waterlox® products. All cans are stickered on the underside to identify the product that was filled into the container, identified by the 4-digit code. If the code matches one from the table above, they are the exact same formula. Other numbers are custom products made for that manufacturer or reseller.
Carlisle® Wide Plank Floors
One notable reseller of Waterlox® products is Carlisle® Wide Plank Floors. For many years they sold Waterlox® products under their own label. Many customers looking to refinish their floors are directed back to Waterlox® as they no longer sell under their private label.
Tung Oil Finish – Usually was sold in a rectangular container. Check the barcode or sticker for specific product number. Both the ORIGINAL Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish (5284) and the ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT Sealer & Semi-Gloss Finish (6038) were sold.
Antique Satin – Sold in round traditional paint cans. Check the barcode or sticker for specific product number. Both the ORIGINAL Satin Finish (6044) and the ORIGINAL VOC COMPLIANT Satin (6035) were sold.