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#1 posted 01-28-2013 08:40 PM

Dallas There is a massive difference between toxicity while working a finish (applying it, sanding it . . .) and its properties after it has fully cured. Viz-a-viz lead, I am pretty sure lead was banned in paint quite a while ago. Also, I wasn’t thinking of paint as a finish for a food use item; it seems obvious that one would not want to use paint as a finish for food related use as for the man-made paint to be tough enough to wash etc, it very likely would have to have some nasty stuff in it.

But yes, some finishes are less friendly than others and, if a guy wants to be super safe or knows that the user may be more sensitive than most, stick to tung oil or similar. But Bob Flexnor oughtta know. He’s a huge name in the finishing world and the author of a number of well respected books. I’ll take his word before a lot of self-proclaimed experts.

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