Oil-based finishes are typically the first type of finish we confront as woodworkers, be it straight oil or a can polyurethane. Although they are all derived from oil, these finishes can vary widely in terms of application method, durability, and maintenance. The key to understanding these finishes is to understand their ingredients. With that foundation in your tool belt, you can start looking at ingredients lists instead of brand names and labels, and you’ll know exactly what to expect from the finish. Since this is a live session, we have a bunch of viewer questions in the video as well.
What is oil?
What is varnish?
What is the relationship between varnish and polyurethane?
The relative durability of oils, varnishes, and oil/varnish blends.
How to see past marketing jargon.
Why I like Arm-R-Seal.
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