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Forum topic by Dryad posted 11-09-2007 03:49 AM 1572 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2007 03:49 AM

Hi, I’m setting up my own shop, and I want to be able to move away from using the typical stains & finishing products I’ve been using towards something that is environmentally friendly. However, I’m concerned about what the quality of those items would be like.. I’m assuming water-based stains as opposed to oil, and wax finishes, etc.? I have very little experiences with materials other than oil-based finishes, solvent-based laquers & polyurethanes. What I want to know, are there any recommendations out there on stain/dye/topcoat product lines that can be used with good results in a shop?

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#1 posted 11-09-2007 01:40 PM

this is a great topic, Dryad. I can’t wait to see the results.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 11-09-2007 05:07 PM

I;ve used Tried&True products and also here’s a link to a local outfit called Environmental Home Center; I guess their new name is ecohaus

Check out the finishes they carry located toward the bottom of the page under “Interior stains & clear finishes.”

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 11-09-2007 06:43 PM

Shellac is very eco-friendly. You eat some every time you take coated pharmaceuticals, fancy chocolates. Alcohol is the only solvent.

The water-borne finishes are sure to be more friendly than lacquer, or oil-based products which utilize drying agents.
You should look over Jeff Jewitt's website, as well as Target Coatings. I swear by the Oxford Ultima spray acyrlic lacquer. So much less toxic and fuel-air bomb scary than shooting Magnalac, Deft, etc.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 11-12-2007 05:31 AM

Hi all,

Thanks for the information and greetings. I went to the websites mentioned, and they gave me a wealth of info that will give me a good place to start with products to try. I’ll experiment with them over the next few months, and will post on here how they worked for me. Thanks again!


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#5 posted 11-12-2007 06:15 AM

I use a product called Livos oil. It’s completely made from plants and from what I know it is the only oil finish that is approved by green peace. They make a range of different product that are all compatible. they make oils with stains in them if you want to stain a piece. The product is generally used for floors, but I have been using it for 2 years now and it works great. The only thing is that it takes time to build it up. You have to get like 8 coats on to get a really nice sheen, and you have to wait eight hours in between coats.

-- Kaleo ,

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#6 posted 11-12-2007 09:39 AM

—-and by the way, thanks for the information on Livos Oil Kaleo!

I checked their website and found that they have a supplier up in my neck of the woods here….
Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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