Finishing for the future at IWF
August 1, 2018 | 8:48 am CDT
Les Smith

ATLANTA -- Today’s coatings are strong, beautiful and in many cases will outlast the wood they are protecting. So why change? 

According to Leslie H. Smith, market development manager, Sherwin Williams Industrial Wood Coatings, tightening regulations on manufacturers with regards to VOC permits and air quality certifications have caused many to seek new coatings. 

Better understanding of coatings technology, discontinued and or improved resins, and government regulations have forced coatings manufactures to change their formulations and offer new coatings. Coatings today are better than they have ever been in terms of durability, look and feel, and handling, but as regulations change so will coatings.

So what’s next? Could shops be forced to waterborne? Is there a new technology that is better for my employees? Is there a better technology that give my shop an advantage? Les will discuss this as he presents Finishing for the Future at the the IWF Finishing Symposium, planned for August 21, 2018 in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, the day before IWF exhibits open.

The full-day event will look at new technologies and best methods that finishers could use in their business. This symposium includes a number of presentations and an opportunity to talk to suppliers and finishing experts face-to-face with your questions.

Learn more at the IWF 2018 Finishing Symposium.

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