If you haven’t heard of Vermont Natural Coatings, this will sound kind of crazy. This small company located about 40 minutes from our Topcoat shop makes water based finishes that are fortified with whey – the protein that is a by-product of cheese making.
Replacing Toxic Chems with Cheese? No Way!
Way. PolyWhey™. And its really good. We say this as previous users of oil based clears for decades. You remember, the kind that stunk, turned everything 80’s yellow/gold, and required special brushes and cleaning.
In around ’07, we switched to ZAR Ultramax. And then a couple years later we replaced that with SW Wood Classics. There are surprisingly few options in the category of interior clear wood finishes from the major manufacturers. It is a small market segment, so they don’t invest as much into R&D for it. The category was wide open for the finish equivalent of a smart microbrewery to make something good.
[Read About our Clear Finish Journey]
Vermont Natural Coatings has quietly turned environmentally sound clear finishes into not just a hipster pipe dream, but a desirable product in both user experience and quality of results.
The Vermont Natural Coatings Interior Product Lineup
- All In One Stain & Finish in 8 Tones
- PolyWhey™ Floor Finish (matte, satin, semi)
- Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- PolyWhey™ Furniture Finish (satin, semi, gloss)
- Heirloom Fine Finish (satin)
- Non-Toxic Wood Cleaner
We’ve used the whole VNC line in recent years, and have been particularly impressed with the satin and matte. The matte is sold as a floor finish, but is excellent on furniture and cabinetry. Clear matte finishes are hard to find.
Vermont Natural Coatings are fast drying, low odor/VOC, and do not change the natural color of wood much – a rare and often desirable effect.
Learn more about VNC Products.