PolyWhey Furniture Finish

PolyWhey Furniture Finish

Credit: Vermont Natural Coatings

What makes this product green?

  • Uses agricultural waste
  • Pre-consumer recycled content
  • Low-emitting
  • Biobased and sustainably sourced


PolyWhey is a waterborne furniture finish made using whey protein, a by-product of the dairy industry, as a binderGlue used in manufactured wood products, such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, and engineered lumber. Some binders are made with formaldehyde. See urea-formaldehyde binder and methyl diisocyanate (MDI) binder. . These low-odor finishes contain no toxic heavy metals and have a VOCVolatile organic compound. An organic compound that evaporates readily into the atmosphere; as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are organic compounds that volatize and then become involved in photochemical smog production. level less than 180 g/L. They provide a clear, scratch-resistant coating with twice the durability of other water-borne finishes, according to the company. PolyWhey covers 500–600 square feet per gallon and can be applied with brush or spray gun, drying to the touch in about two hours and fully curing in about a week. These finishes are available in gloss, semi-gloss, or satin in five-gallon, gallon, quart, and pint sizes. The containers are made from 100% pre-consumer recycled polypropylene.


Manufacturer Information

Vermont Natural Coatings
190 Junction Rd.
P.O. Box 512
Hardwick, VT 05843
Phone: 802-472-8700
Fax: 802-472-8755
Toll-free: 888-639-9439

Listed in: Interior Stains and Finishes