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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 10-10-2011 09:15 PM 1620 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2011 09:15 PM

Since winter is coming and I don’t have access to environmentally-controlled space, I’m exploring the idea of using finishes that I can apply in my living room. I am intrigued by the whey-based finishes from Vermont Natural Coatings and will try them at some point. I am also intrigued by water-based shellac. One idea is to use water-based shellac from Target Coatings as a base coat and then use whey-based poly as a top coat.

Has anyone had experience with either of these kinds of finishes? Can you think of other finishes that would not create dangerous or toxic fumes?

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 11:59 AM

Aqua Zar ,a water-based polyurethane acrylic finish.
Available at Ace, True Value, Sherwin-Williams and others.
This product is on my teaching list for wood finishing classes.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 03:21 PM

Hi Mitch,

Chris Hall who blogs at was testing the Vermont Natural Coatings product a while ago. I haven’t checked in lately to see if he has posted anything but you could always contact him. It’s worth a look if just to see the level of craftsmanship in his work.


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#3 posted 10-17-2011 03:44 PM

I like the flammable stuff. You can slop it on and then light it to burn the excess off…

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