Greaseless to Greatness for Structured Surface Finishes
The conversion from greaseless abrasive compounds and buffs to nonwoven technology for textured satin finishes without the mess.
For many years, skilled finishers around the world found a way to take simple cloth buffs, bundle them together and apply a greaseless abrasive compound to make beautiful, textured satin finishes on home furnishings and other products.
However, it is difficult to maintain the consistency of the finish, keep the output high and constant and train personnel to deal with the difficult environment created by the greaseless compound. With the need for an additional greaseless compound to be added to the buff to ensure the textured finish is maintained, inconsistency within the process is a significant concern. Oftentimes, the greaseless compound ends up not just on the buff, but on the walls, floors and even the finishers, whose uniforms and aprons often show the most wear. Additionally, eye safety is a concern when working with airborne compounds. Skilled finishers are known to have left the industry because they could not continue to deal with the mess and safety concerns inherent with the greaseless procedure.
Today, nonwoven manufacturing technologies are available to offer finishers a beautiful, textured satin finish without the mess and safety hazards that greaseless compounds produce.