|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 02-25-2012 12:58 AM||8604 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
02-25-2012 12:58 AM
There’s an abundance of opinions about finishes on LJ, many of them sounding like this: “I’ve always used SchmidFarns Sleek Elite #2.” If there’s no comparison, there’s not much weight there.
I had the opportunity this week to do this comparo: Two bass bodies, identical woods (cherry/alder), prepped exactly the same, stained with the same product and shade, finished in the same room, same lighting over each. There are a lot of constants there, like humidiity, temperature (it stays at 70oF there with the lights on), same application techniques, same filter materials, same applicators (4” square of cotton).
Both products are labeled “semi gloss.” Minwax recommends recoat in 2-3 hours; ProFin in 4 – 8.
Here are my observations:
I am at 6 coats of each. I’ll repost in a few days.
Rough costs: Minwax, $24/qt. (in pints); ProFin, $17/qt.
Have you ever done a head to – head like this with finishing products? Let us hear about it!
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