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rogerw

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02-19-2011 10:05 PM

I started a topic the other day concerning child-safe finishes for a dollhouse I am making for my grand daughter.
It will be colored finishes, much like a real home. I want it to be safe for her and her younger siblings. What is out there that fits this criteria?

The topic I started the other day went off a a varnish/shellac/tongue oil tangent. This is not a crib or a cutting board.

Please don’t go there. I am using colored paints.

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 06:02 AM

I would use food coloring then shellac. Food coloring is for food and shellac is used in the pharmaceutical and food industries.

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 06:09 AM

Dave…..LOL…....are you TRYING to push his buttons?

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 06:46 AM

I would call my local paint store ( not hardware store) like shermin or some body who deals in paint I don’t know any thing off hand that I know for a fact is safe to eat and thats is the exact criteor that I would look for edible I know you can buy pigments and mix them with water to produce a milk paint look alike but I dont know if the limited color options would be that great though. Me personlay I would use tinited laqeur then top coat it with more laq I know it sounds crazy but I srpay gemini which cures in 48 hours so I would let it sit for a week and flash completly off and nothing except laq thinner will dissolve no matter how much its chewed on lol and as long as the wood is properly sanded and dusted the adhesion qualities of laq will prevent it from becoming brttile and flacking off

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 07:53 AM

IMHO~ Bravo, cabs. You taught me something; and Roger….. at least read his post and consider it.
(P.S.- I like your Stickley signature, cabs….. (“Als Ik Ken”) Nice touch, and a reminder to us, huh?)

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 07:56 AM

+1 to Pete. Since shellac apparently won’t do, (its not a cutting board….) use latex house paint. Let it off-gas for about a month. It should be safe then.

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rogerw

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 04:31 PM

thanx guys. i think i will take a ride up to our local s&w and see what their thought are on this. i just want to make sure this is going to be safe for the kids. i would hate this to get thrown out cause it became a hazard to them. I am not at all experienced in this sort of thing but i do know what my experiences have been with interior latexes over the years. not good.

much appreciated!!

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 12:04 AM

If it was my project, I would use acrylic paint with several coats of shellac and keep the doll house out of my youngest’s mouth. But I understand the concern.

Because of the consumer product safety improvement act (cpsia) there is a lot of information available about what is safe to have on things for kids. Most of it has to do with making sure things for sale are safe, but it may help you.
http://www.cpsc.gov/index.html
http://www.etsy.com/teams/6861/keeping-up-with-cpsia

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 12:07 AM

I have seen spray paint at Walmart that says it is child safe on the label. You might try there.

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