Lacquer can be described as a transparent paint. Ingredients of water based laquer are alkyd, acrylic and/or vinyl acrylic polymers. These microscopic plastic particles are dissolved in water.

Water based laquers have many advantages over oil based laquers. They contain much less organic fumes (VOC’s) than oil based laquers because they don’t need an organic solvent.
Synthetic water based varnishes are not free of harmful substances. They contain agents that can emit VOC’s, such as antibacterial, anti mildew, quick drying or conservant agents.