VOC lacquer replacement for wood finishing. 1994.
TURI Technical Report No. 19. Smith & Wesson improved operations by eliminating the lacquer which contained volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in our Stocking Department. The substitution of carnauba wax eliminated VOC lacquer constituents: xylene, n-butanol, MIK, isobutyl isobutyrate, MEK, toluene, acetone and isopropanol. Smith & Wesson has always been interested in replacing the VOC lacquer with an aqueous-based alternative, but had never found the right product. This project was expedited in April 1993 when Smith & Wesson management challenged members of the Stocking Department to find a suitable alternative to the VOC lacquer presently in use. The project team met this challenge with an alternative process utilizing carnauba wax, a non-toxic, similarly priced product that enhances aesthetics.File Name: techreport19.pdf
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