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Uralac® Ultra single-coating powder resin for heat-sensitive substrates

Wooden garden furniture with coating that lasts for up to 20 years

When Dutch designer Jan Willem Henssen wanted to breathe new life into an old idea, he turned to DSM. The result is a range of wooden garden furniture that lasts for up to 20 years without any maintenance whatsoever. A range that looks great and requires no cleaning, scraping or recoating. And best of all, it is extremely friendly to the environment. “The idea of making furniture from discarded wooden crates and pallets was first explored by the famous designer Gerrit Rietveld in the 1930s,” says Jan Willem. “Since then, various other designers have experimented with the idea, but in 2010 I decided it was time to really push this eco-friendly, cost-effective idea to its full potential. Because I like wood, and I don’t like waste.”

In keeping with his eco-theme, the first prototypes were finished with linseed oil, but Jan-Willem found in time the linseed oil on unseasoned pallet wood became unstable and sticky in strong sunshine, hardly ideal for garden furniture! “Amazingly, the day after we discovered that linseed oil was not possible, I stumbled across an article about DSM’s work in powder coating resins – and the latest breakthrough in relatively low curing temperatures.”

We both instinctively knew that our newly developed Uralac® Ultra single-coating powder resin for heat-sensitive substrates was the perfect finish for Jan Willem’s chairs,” says Jos Verlaak, DSM’s New Business Development Manager. “Both the chairs and Uralac Ultra have very strong eco credentials. But we needed to identify the best coating and curing process for unseasoned pallet wood, and we spent many hours in our special coating laboratory testing various application pressures, coating thickness, and curing temperatures and times. Eventually, we found the best parameters to ensure excellent surface appearance and very high scratch and humidity resistance.”

Decovery®: The new standard in paint

Decovery®: The new standard in paint

Binders are common to all paint formulations and contain synthetic petroleum-based resins. DSM’s Decovery® plant-based resins use renewable materials as sustainable building blocks for paint and coatings resins. Using an innovative process of converting renewable materials into a durable polymer. Decovery: The new standard in paint.