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Soy-Based Wood Stain Takes Environmental Approach to Preserve Wood and Concrete

SpecialChem / Jul 13, 2005

Finding a staining agent worthy of handling industrial projects can be a daunting task. If you avoid selecting a quality wood stain, you may be setting yourself up for a host of problems. New Century Coatings (NCC), through funding from the soybean checkoff, is researching a solution to most staining dilemmas. The manufacturer has developed AgriStain, an environmentally friendly, soy methyl ester wood and concrete stain that increases the quality of stained products through enhanced penetration and colorization. Many coating agents simply glaze the top layer of wood and wear away over a brief period of time. According to NCC President Tom Rauls, "AgriStain penetrates the growth cells of the wood, which adds two important features: preservation and colorization. Penetration into soft woods has been observed in multiple growth rings." "Once the growth ring is saturated with the soy-based solvent, it continues to spread throughout the wood, regardless of the season," says Rauls. "The soybean base in AgriStain aids in actually tricking the wood into believing that summer never ends, which, in effect, causes the continual spreading and sealing of the stain in the product year-round."

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