The latest in fencing market: The demand for color just keeps growing!

One of the bright spots in today’s fencing market seems to be all about pre-stained wood fence pickets or panels, and based on what we are seeing, things are just beginning to heat up. Pre-stained fencing presents consumers with a very attractive and highly affordable alternative to metal or plastic fencing and a profitable new … Continued

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A fresh look at colorants for pressure treated lumber

You don’t have to look too far back to capture the history of coloring pressure treated lumber. It’s a market innovation that Eco Chemical played a critical role in getting started a little more than two decades ago. The trend originated in the West where harder species of wood, such as Douglas fir, are used … Continued

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Erosion coating versus film-forming stains – what gives?

Not all wood stains are the same. Some stains lightly cover lumber, while others build a heavy film, coating the surface like paint. But both wear down over time and require redoing. Let’s take a closer look at erosion coating and film-forming stains. First, here are the benefits of each: Erosion coating stains create a … Continued

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Why bother staining pressure treated wood?

Customer interest and demand for pre-stained pressure treated lumber and fence boards seems to be growing across the country. We in the industry know that staining treated wood with a high-quality stain, either before or after treatment, gives it added surface protection. We suspect the recent growth in popularity though, has more to do with … Continued

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A LEGACY OF INNOVATION: CUSTOM ENGINEERED STAIN SOLUTIONS

Eco Chemical™ is truly one-of-a-kind. And that’s how we view each of our customers, making innovation a keystone of our business. In 1991, we began as a small team of chemists and paint professionals developing custom engineered stain solutions for clients who needed and valued greater attention and expertise to address their particular new market … Continued

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ECO CHEMICAL™ INTRODUCES AN INNOVATIVE NEW FENCE STAIN

For over 25 years, Eco Chemical™ has been serving the wood products and industrial coating industries with customized paint and stain solutions. There had been a persistent lack in the market for a durable fence stain that could be produced to accommodate a variety of color preferences. The color range had to be sufficient to … Continued

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AN ECO CHEMICAL INDUSTRY UPDATE: THE WEST COAST MARKET

As 2016 ramps up, Eco Chemical anticipates that this year will bring even more growth for our clients and the industry – and we’re continually on the lookout for innovative technology and processes to better serve you and your markets. As part of that vigilance, Eco Chemical’s National Sales Manager, Mike Boone, recently visited with … Continued

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WHAT ARE VOCS, AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at a low boiling point – meaning, they can turn from solids and liquids into gasses at ordinary room temperature. This transformation releases large numbers of molecules into the surrounding air. VOCs can be either man-made or naturally-occurring, harmful, helpful, or inconsequential. … Continued

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MEET JOHNTE: AN AGENT OF INNOVATION

Ten months ago, the Eco Chemical™ team gained an invaluable member: chemist Johnte Meagher. After studying General Science and Chemistry at Oregon State University, Johnte worked for Forrest Technical Coatings and then for Akzo Nobel, the largest producer of paints and specialty chemicals in the world, formulating water-based interior wood finishes for ambient and radiation … Continued

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THE ROLE OF STAIN IN THE MANUFACTURE OF PRESSURE TREATED WOOD PRODUCTS

About twenty years ago, manufacturers began experimenting with wood stains because they were having trouble marketing their pressure treated lumber. Applying stain provided a more attractive finished product as well as better surface resistance to degradation from weather and sun. It was challenging to develop a stain that was compatible with waterborne treating processes and … Continued

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