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#1 posted 06-29-2013 08:22 PM


I see your points. Finishing, like life, is often a question of trade-offs. For example, durability often comes at the price of difficulty where stripping and repair are concerned. Likewise, finishes which are easy to rub out are less scratch resistance. The trick is to find an acceptable compromise. As it turns out, our friend isn’t planning on spraying, so my comments regarding lacquer are moot in this case. I didn’t know that he didn’t have access to a spray gun when I wrote that. Since Vodo is planning to wipe on his finish, a wipe-on poly is probably a good choice. You’re right. The choice of finish is often based on personal preferences. I’d choose spraying over brushing or wiping every time because I’m blessed to own an HVLP system. I also prefer lacquer over varnish. Of course, customer preference normally takes precedence over other considerations. He/she who pays the piper chooses the tune. If the customer wants poly, they get poly.


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