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Safe, durable polyurethane with ultra low odor and easy application
Made in Vermont, this water-based polyurethane for hardwood flooring provides a durable, non-toxic finish that is long lasting and easy to apply. PolyWhey Floor Finish is a high-performance sealer for new or old wood flooring, trim, stairs, furniture and all millwork.
Vermont Natural Coatings (VNC) PolyWhey® Floor Finish can be applied over freshly sanded wood, fully cured paint, as well as water-based finishes. It may be applied over some oil-based finishes if fully cured. Testing is always advised. It provides excellent moisture, chemical and abrasion resistance. It dries very quickly and creates a clear finish that enhances wood grain without yellowing. Recommended three coats of finish. Formulated for foot traffic to resist scuff and black heel marks.
Our special inflation-busting price is far below our other low VOC polyurethanes and with better coverage (500-600 SF vs. 350-450 SF) means a better value for your dollar. Eager to test? Purchase an 8-ounce sample to see if this is the right product for your project.
PolyWhey® was developed as a binding agent by the University of Vermont scientists to create environmentally responsible finishes that reduce our carbon footprint. The whey is a natural by-product of the cheese-making process used by Vermont farmers. PolyWhey® is a USDA Certified Biobased Preferred® Product. By using recycled whey protein, Vermont Natural Coatings eliminates the need for heavy metal driers, toxic co-binders and carcinogenic solvents typically found in wood finishes. It contains no formaldehyde and surpasses every national, regional, state and county air quality regulation.
VNC utilizes this PolyWhey® technology in conjunction with Decovery®, a plant based resin that offers the durability of oil-based finishes and the advantage of waterborne finishes with none of the disadvantages of either. The resistance to abrasion and moisture of a wood finish is based on the strength of its cross linkers. Polymerized whey protein provides a much stronger cross linking than other wood finishes. VNC PolyWhey® Floor Finish utilizes these natural bio-based proteins and resins instead of toxic chemicals found in traditional wood finishes. The result is a longer lasting, beautiful finish that is safe for people, pets and the environment.
VNC's PolyWhey polyurethane performs as good as our other polyurethanes with an ultra-low odor. It's added benefits are that it can be applied over oil-based stains and finishes, dries very quickly, covers 500-600 SF and costs much less. There are very few USDA Biobased Preferred renewable finishes on the market and in an industry where toxins are the norm, Vermont Natural Coatings has found a 'Safer Whey.'
Features & benefits
Non-toxic — very low VOC 56 g/L; no solvents, dyes, biocides or fungicides
Very low-odor — dries quickly, non-offensive to installer and occupant
Biobased — USDA certified made from a renewable resource, whey protein
Long-lasting — durable coating protects against scratches, chemicals and water
Easy-To-Use — paint pad, brush or T-bar; soap and water cleanup
Versatile — for use on hardwood or softwood flooring, stairs, furniture, moldings, cabinets and millwork. Use on new or old wood surfaces even over oil-based stains or finishes
Dries quickly — in less than two hours and cures completely in 7 days for normal traffic, allow 14 days for heavy traffic and large pets.
Excellent spread rate — 500-600 SF/gallon.
Beautiful finish — available in matte, satin or semi-gloss in clear finish that enhances the grain and won't yellow.
Excellent price — excellent value compared to other low VOC polyurethanes
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Coverage (1 Coat)
1-Quart = 125-150 SF 1-Gallon = 500-600 SF 5-Gallon = 2,500-3,000 SF
Recommended # of Coats
1-2 hours under normal conditions, Maximum Cure 1 week.
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Interior or Exterior
Use On Material
For use on interior bare wood flooring or previously varnished or stained wood floors.
Indoor Environmental Quality/4.1 Low-Emitting Materials/Adhesives and Sealants: 1 point, Materials & Resources/4 Recycled Content: 1 to 2 points
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Bundles per Square 6" Exposure
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Polyurethane, Lacquer, OR Varnish
*do not thin*, brush, paint brush, paint pad, T-Bar Applicator
Application Temperature Range
65-80°F w/ a relative humidity of 40-60%
1. Stir well prior to use. Apply full strength with brush, floor pad or t-bar. Thinning may result in reduced performance.
2. Test the finish on a sample piece of wood to confirm compatibility and desired appearance. For best results apply in temps between 65F-80F with a relative humidity of 40%-60%. Avoid applying in direct sunlight. Three coats are recommended for optimum product performance.
------** If applying to previously finished wood, sand the surface to remove old coatings before applying new finish. If sanding the entire surface is not desired, sand areas of distress that can cause flaking. This allows blending of edges. Vacuum dust and wipe with a water-dampened cloth. **------
3. Apply thin, even coats taking care to prevent the finish from forming puddles. Overlap strokes and always maintain a wet edge. Finish will dry in two hours under normal conditions. High humidity or low temperature may lengthen dry time.
4. Sand lightly after first coat with very fine sandpaper (220 grit or finer).
5. Vacuum dust and wipe with a water-dampened cloth and Vermont Natural Coatings Wood Cleaner. Never use steel wool or a tack cloth.
6. Apply second coat.
7. After second coat, sand only if 24 hours have passed since the previous coat was applied. Sanding, vacuuming, and cleaning between coats will aid adhesion and create a smoother surface.
Application over oil finishes:
Wait at least 7 Days after applying Natural oil based stain (ex. Rubio Monocoat) for best adhesion and Color.
Then clean with Degreaser and abrade with a maroon buffer pad.
Apply PolyWhey Topcoat.
Can walk on in socks after 4 hours.
Wait 7 days before light traffic and 14 days for heavy traffic and large pets on floor.
Surface or Product Preparation
Appearance When Dry
Cleans Up With
Soap & Water
Recycling or Disposal
Finish Contains Aluminum Oxide?
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Janka Hardness Rating
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Shade (1 Light) - (7 Dark)
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Touch Up Kit
Can be indoor?
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- BTU's / Hour
Multi Control Capabilities
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