Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are becoming a significant issue for panels and other wood products. In this project, Forintek will examine the effect of using different types of surface treatments on reducing emissions of VOCs (including formaldehyde) from panel products. Treatment methods to be evaluated include paint, UV topcoat, acrylic topcoat, vinyl resin system, phenolic saturated film, melamine paper, wet process multi-coat and a foil resin system. The empirical data produced will help particleboard and MDF manufacturers and secondary manufacturers answer customers’ questions about VOC and formaldehyde off-gassing from finished products.
- reduce VOC emissions from panel and wood products.