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Forum topic by jonnybrophy posted 12-03-2016 11:16 PM 484 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2016 11:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paint noob broke slingshot finishing finish

Hey guys, I have no idea what to do about finishing. It has always escaped me. All I know is mineral oil is good on cutting boards. I am making several slingshots that I would like to paint and have a nice finish.

Whats a good finish for something to be grabbed often?

Also, is laquer good for birdhouses? and do i need an hlvp sprayer,?(i am a begginer woodworker, with not much money)

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 11:53 AM

A fairly inexpensive finishing method that gives amazing results is:

- Linseed oil (wiped on or brushed on)
- Shellac (wiped on in several layers, depends a bit on the wood)
- Wax (I prefer carnauba wax, wipe on, let dry a bit, polish)

I finish literally everything that way, including the trim work in our house. It really brings out the best of the wood, in my opinion. If you want it really smooth, wet-sand with 1500 grid in between the shellac layers.

However, this finish also has some disadvantages: It is not super-durable, so I would not use it on a kitchen table, and shellac won’t last too long when outside in rain and sun (lasts for a bit though, I tested…). For a slingshot handle however I think it would be really nice.

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 12:32 PM

If you stick with paint, just choose a good exterior 100% acrylic. I would prime fist with an oil based primer for the very best adhesion. As for the lacquer on birdhouses, it’s a problem to answer. In this day and age of calling all sorts of finishes anything they (manufactures) want, it pays to be more specific. Some waterborne finishes are named lacquers, and some of them are suited for exterior use, nitro cellulose lacquer (the real stuff) won’t fare so well, at least if it’s the box store stuff.

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 01:53 AM

Thanks guys this really helped!

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