|Forum topic by JayEs||posted 01-04-2017 02:51 PM||714 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-04-2017 02:51 PM
Hello everyone. I’m seeking advice for the “best” finishing/top coat for my interior window trim and sills. I’ve spent the last few weeks removing six coats of paint and some very old stain from the wood. I don’t know what kind of wood it is, and honestly I don’t know how I could figure this out without an expert coming over and looking at it. I’m pretty sure it’s a hardwood, in a Victorian building built in 1904.
I’ve picked out an oil-based stain made by Zar, and am reading to start staining.
But I’m not sure what finishing coat I should use. I’ve read about all of the various possibilities, and it seems like good old-fashioned shellac might be the best choice…all things considered. However, the window sills do get quite a bit of sun and some moisture if left open during rain. A downside of shellac (I think) is that it doesn’t provide any protection against sun damage.
I’m wondering if it’s a good idea to use a spar varnish instead; and, if so, what is generally considered a reliable brand.
Any help is really appreciated. Thank you in advance.