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Water Lake Landscape

The Case for

Waterborne Finishes

We believe they can change the world.

What does waterborne mean?

A coating is considered waterborne when its base is made with water, rather than harmful solvents, oils, or waxes. It cures through the evaporation of water, as opposed to the reaction of harsh chemicals, which put off dangerous and obnoxious odors. There is a common misconception that waterborne products are not as durable as the alternatives, but this is simply not true. CrystaLac has formulated and manufactured solely waterborne products for over 50 years, using only the highest quality resins and ingredients in our products. We have been innovating the paint and coatings industry since the 1950s, beginning with our founder Derek Becker and continuing with his daughter Dorinda now. Today, CrystaLac offers the highest quality sealers, grain fillers, stains, topcoats, and finishes available in the market.


What are VOCs?

VOC is an acronym for volatile organic compounds. There are over 10,000 chemical compounds that can be classified as VOCs. According to the United States EPA:


Volatile organic compounds are compounds that have a high vapor pressure and low water solubility. Many VOCs are human-made chemicals that are used and produced in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals, and refrigerants. VOCs typically are industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene; fuel oxygenates, such as methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE); or by-products produced by chlorination in water treatment, such as chloroform. VOCs are often components of petroleum fuels, hydraulic fluids, paint thinners, and dry cleaning agents. VOCs are common ground-water contaminants. (

Examples of VOCs: A good way to think about VOCs is how they contribute to the indoor air quality of your home. The means by which VOCs are released into your home is called off-gassing. Chances are you've experienced off-gassing many times in your life, but maybe you didn't realize it. That new car smell, new mattress smell, air fresheners, surface conditioners, and that obnoxious paint odor. Common VOCs found in household items include benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, and xylene.

VOCs in Paint & Coatings: When painting and finishing projects, VOCs are produced during the application and curing process. Most paints and coatings are designed to evaporate at room temperature, as it creates a chemical reaction with oxygen. During evaporation, the liquids (solvents, oil, latex, etc.) are off-gassing as they dry, releasing harmful VOCs into your home. It is important to arm yourself with knowledge about the chemicals in your home as well as the health risks associated with them.

Benefits of CrystaLac


Waterborne Paints and Coatings


We use water and premium quality raw materials to create coatings with super low VOCs (less than 1%).


Water evaporates back into the ecosystem while your projects dry, so you're not contributing to environmental smog.


Our products are formulated and manufactured to the highest standards for ease of use. No mixing or measuring.

Our Mission

To transition the world’s craftsmanship to healthy and sustainable practices by formulating, manufacturing, and educating people on specialty water-based coatings that will last for generations.

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Join the Movement

Transitioning to waterborne coatings protects you, your family, your pets, and the environment from the harmful effects of VOCs. At CrystaLac, our goal is to help you with the transition by formulating and manufacturing the highest quality coatings for your projects.

Here at CrystaLac Academy, we are here to give you confidence and empower you to protect your incredible projects with waterborne coatings and finishes.

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