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Understanding Negative effects of Lacquer Thinners in Bathtub ,Tile, and Countertop Refinishing Introduction:

Understanding Negative effects of Lacquer Thinners in Bathtub ,Tile, and Countertop Refinishing Introduction:

Posted by Gary Alan Goel on Mar 1st 2024

Understanding Negative effects of Lacquer Thinners in Bathtub, Tile, and Countertop Refinishing Introduction

As a specialist in bathtub, tile, and countertop coatings, SharkGrip Coatings is committed to providing quality products and educating professionals in the industry. One common issue we encounter is the improper use of lacquer thinners in the refinishing process. In this article, we aim to shed light on the dangers of using lacquer thinners with urethane coatings and emphasize the importance of proper solvent selection.We will also address the impact of under powered sprayers and the excessive use of lacquer thinner. 

The Problem with Lacquer Thinners: 
Lacquer thinners, commonly used in various applications, are not suitable for use with 2-part polyurethane, aliphatic, or acrylic urethane coatings. The primary reason is the negative impact they have on the curing process. Lacquer thinners contain glycol ether EB, which can react with the isocyanate in the part B catalyst, thus starving the part A of essential hydroxyl groups.

Effects of Starving Part A:
When the hydroxyl groups in part A are depleted due to the reaction with lacquer thinners, it can lead to incomplete curing and compromised performance of the coating. This can result in a lack of chemical resistance, reduced hardness, and decreased flexibility. In essence, the coating may never reach its full potential in terms of durability and longevity. Under powered Sprayers and Excessive Lacquer Thinner: In addition to the improper use of lacquer thinners, many refinishers use under powered 2-3-4 stage turbine HVLP sprayers. These sprayers lack the necessary power to atomize high-solid topcoats effectively. As a result, refinishers often compensate by adding excessive amounts of lacquer thinner to the mix. 
This further exacerbates the issue, as the excessive lacquer thinner in the mix magnifies the negative effects on part A, increasing the risk of incomplete curing and compromised performance. Proper Solvent Selection: To avoid these issues, it is crucial for bathtub refinishers to choose the appropriate solvents for thinning urethane coatings. Instead of lacquer thinners, professionals should opt for solvents specifically designed for use with 2-part polyurethane, aliphatic, or acrylic urethane coatings. These solvents are formulated to maintain the proper balance of components and ensure optimal curing and performance. 
Contact SharkGrip Coatings for Expert Guidance: At SharkGrip Coatings, we understand the challenges faced by bathtub refinishers and offer solutions to achieve the best results. Our team of experts is ready to provide technical guidance and recommend suitable solvents for your specific refinishing needs. To learn more about our products and services, please reach out to us:
 - EAH Industrial SharkGrip Coatings - Address: 
136 El Mio San Antonio Texas 78216 - Phone: 210.822.9393 - Email: Conclusion: 
When it comes to bathtub refinishing, it is crucial to avoid the use of lacquer thinners due to their adverse effects on the curing process of urethane coatings. Starving part A by using lacquer thinners can lead to poor performance and a compromised finish. Additionally, the use of under powered sprayers and excessive lacquer thinner further compounds these issues. By choosing the right solvents and seeking expert guidance from SharkGrip Coatings, professionals can ensure a successful and long-lasting refinishing job. 
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