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#1 posted 07-18-2012 11:22 PM

I prefer the “Wood Finish” over the “Wood Stain”. The wood stains are water based and easier to clean.. that doesn’t really matter to me (I apply finish with a rag rather than a brush so it’s all disposable to me) and I think it just gives a smoother colour in a tone I like. Maybe it’s just me, but the water based ones always come out a bit browner.. and I like my wood stains red. Just personal preference.

I’ve used the spray and had decent luck with it. You still have to wipe it in and down but if you are doing a large surface, or an irregular surface BOY is it handy!! I do carvings and sometimes stain them and that makes life a lot easier.

Try the polyacrylic! Omg! You’ll love it! You need to apply several coats and I generally sand between every three or four. I like to do about 10 coats. It will give you a rock solid shiny surface that can withstand near anything. AND, it doesn’t yellow the wood even a little bit. This is a perfect finish to use on really pale woods, especially if you have contrast and you want to keep it as bright as possible. Also works good on purpleheart, in my experience. Most other finishes make it browner.

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