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What is PolyWhey?

PolyWhey is the trade name for the patented processed used by Vermont Natural Coatings to use whey protein, a byproduct of cheese making, as the transformative ingredient in its wood finishes.

PolyWhey 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. PolyWhey accomplishes this by using whey, a natural, renewable resource, as its bonding agent.

What is PolyWhey?

PolyWhey is the trade name for the patented processed used by Vermont Natural Coatings to use whey protein, a byproduct of cheese making, as the transformative ingredient in its wood finishes.

PolyWhey 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. PolyWhey accomplishes this by using whey, a natural, renewable resource, as its bonding agent.

Is it durable?

Absolutely. Independent tests confirm that Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey finishes are among the most durable on the market. They have stood the test of time on residential and commercial floors and in furniture manufacturing.

What makes PolyWhey a Green product?

Our formulations use whey protein as the bonding agent. Whey is a renewable resource and a natural by-product of the dairy industry. This use of a natural product in our professional finishes translates to low VOCs, and better indoor air quality.

What does VOC stand for?

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, evaporate into the air from many substances. These off-gasses contribute to smog production and health problems from inhalation. Petroleum products, like oil-based finishes, have harmful levels of these VOCs and are easily identifiable by their noxious smell.

What is the VOC level in Vermont Natural Coatings?

The VOC level for Vermont Natural Coatings finishes range from ≤180g/L (grams per liter) in our floor finish to zero VOC in our Penetrating Water Proofer Infused with Juniper. The toughest indoor air quality standard for wood finish in the United States is California’s 275g/L.

What makes Vermont Natural Coatings safe?

Our products not only contain ultra-low VOC levels, but they also are free from carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxins that can still be found in many products that claim to have low or no VOCs.

How soon can I walk on my newly finished PolyWhey floor?

Once the finish is dry, it can be walked on with care. Keep in mind, the less action the surface sees before it has come to a full cure, the better. Do not put anything fibrous on the floor until it has come to a full cure – rugs, newspaper, cardboard, etc.  The important distinction here is the difference between ‘dry’ and ‘fully cured’. While your PolyWhey surface will feel dry to the touch within a few hours of application, full cure time is seven days.

Do VNC finishes contain Flame Retardants?

PolyWhey finishes do not contain any flame retardants. Chemical flame retardants added to paints and coatings are known to be carcinogenic, harmful to human health, and release even more toxins when they do burn. Our finishes do not contain any of these harmful chemicals, nor do they increase the flame spread of an existing fire.

What is a Class A Flame Spread Rating?

Flame spread ratings categorize a surface material’s capacity to catch, burn and spread flames in an existing fire. Materials are ranked on a scale of increasing flammability from Class A – C.  PolyWhey finishes have a Class A Flame Spread rating, the lowest and safest possible in the industry.

What is Zero Flash Point?

Flash point refers to the temperature at which the vapors of a volatile substance will ignite. PolyWhey finishes have zero flash point – this means that the vapors of our finishes do not spontaneously combust.  

Application

Is it easy to use?

Very easy to use. Our floor and furniture finishes self-level and have great flow, ensuring a uniform finish. We recommend a light sand with fine grit after the first coat. You can apply with a brush, foam brush, or paint pad. For detailed application instructions- (take from current website) 

Is it easy to use?

Very easy to use. Our floor and furniture finishes self-level and have great flow, ensuring a uniform finish. We recommend a light sand with fine grit after the first coat. You can apply with a brush, foam brush, or paint pad. For detailed application instructions- (take from current website) 

Does it yellow when exposed to UV light?

Our interior finishes remain clear when exposed to interior UV light.   PolyWhey Exterior has UV inhibitors to protect your decks, fences and siding from the sun’s rays.

How do I prepare a surface for a VNC finish?

If applying to previously finished wood, sand in order to remove old finish before applying new finish. If sanding entire surface is not desired, be sure to sand areas of distress that can cause flaking, in order to blend edges. Apply the product directly to the surface or the sealer coatings.

Is it possible to have a different level of gloss?

PolyWhey Furniture finish is available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin. PolyWhey Floor finish is available in matte, semi-gloss and satin. Large volume customers should contact us to request a custom finish.