Woodturners and carvers will no doubt be aware of the VOC 2010 Regulations imposed by the European Union, which limit the amount of Volatile
Organic Compounds which can be found in decorative paints, stains and varnishes. Tools and equipment supplier The ToolPost (http://www.toolpost.co.uk/) helps wood craftsmen and women achieve quality wood finishing
while meeting the VOC Regulations with the help of the water-based General Finishes product line.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals which have a high vapour pressure, even under ordinary,
room-temperature conditions. The high vapour pressure of the compounds is caused by a low boiling point which results in an evaporation of molecules which enter the surrounding air. These molecules can harm the
environment and have potentially chronic effects on human health. VOCs are thought to contribute to air pollution and to the creation of ozone in the earth's lower atmosphere, which poses a health risk to humans,
animals and vegetation. The paint, stain and varnish industry now has to meet regulations limiting the VOC content in its products.
The VOC Regulations came into effect on January 1st 2010, when non-compliant products
could no longer be manufactured. From January 1st 2011, non-compliant products still in circulation could no longer be sold. These regulations have created a drive towards water-based wood finishing
products which contain far lower VOC levels but which are still able to provide a professional standard of finish. The General Finishes
line, hailing from Wisconsin in the United States and available in the UK from The ToolPost, is a range of specialist water-based finishes which are VOC compliant and which includes milk paints, glaze effects, gel and dye stains. General Finishes offers environmentally friendly products which produce beautiful and durable finishes and has gained a reputation as providing the finest finishes in the United States.
The ToolPost is a primary stockist of the General Finishes line in the UK, just part of an extensive choice of wood finishing products from the leading woodturning tools and equipment suppliers. View the entire range of products at http://www.toolpost.co.uk/.