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Hi all, just wanting to get some tips on finishes for turnings, what are the different types and what results would they give?

-- Michael, N.Ireland

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#2 posted 1056 days ago

Thanks Hairy

-- Michael, N.Ireland

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#3 posted 1056 days ago

I know General Finishes just came out with Wood Turners Finish (WTF). Most likely not available to you over there. More helpful to you is that it’s supposed to be their varnish finish, just diluted.

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#4 posted 1055 days ago

I use spray lacquer on most of my projects including turnings. I spray on the lathe when I can. The trick is LIGHT coats. Take your time and build your finish. Buff with 0000 steel wool between coats. I usually put a coat of paste wax on top of the lacquer and buff to a nice gloss. I’m sure you’ll get many ideas for finishes and everyone has their favorite! Experiment and have fun.

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#5 posted 1055 days ago

The turning is the end grain. It will absorb more finishing material.
When you apply your stain, avoid too wet spray. Since it tends to absorb more stain and make darker color.
If you spray the coating, then you need more layer to make smooth surface finish.


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#6 posted 1052 days ago

Thanks everyone, I think i’m going to start with Danish oill in the mentime, keep it simple to start with and then try other finishes after that.

-- Michael, N.Ireland

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#7 posted 1052 days ago

I have had good luck with carnauba wax for a good gloss but the finish is not that durable. I have had good luck with the EEE-Ultra Shine then Shellawax to for a high gloss finish. For a satin finish i have used the Hut brown bar. I have started using the Mylands 3 Step Finishing System and I really like it. I put a danish oil on all of the stuff I turn I like how it brings out the colors of the wood.

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