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Varnish from Vegetable Oil

7:55 AM MDT | April 14, 2009 | Alex Scott

Researchers from the wood research center at the Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI; Braunschweig, Germany), say they have developed a scratch-resistant furniture varnish comprised 50% from bio-raw materials. The majority of petrochemical based materials have been substituted in the new varnish, the researchers say. The new formulation is based on the chemical compound 1,3-propandiol, derived from glycerin, which is a byproduct of biodiesel manufacture.   The bio-varnish is water soluble but has identical properties to the purely petrochemical version...

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