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Forum topic by PineChopper posted 775 days ago 2112 views 1 time favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PineChopper

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775 days ago

I was wondering what every one uses for their favorite finish.
I was using Shellac as a sealer when I wanted to paint something.
I like Spar Varnish for a shiney look in the grain.
I used Teak Oil once but that was about 30 years ago.

So I was curious as to what the other LumberJocks use.
Thanks,
PineChopper


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Oldtool

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#1 posted 775 days ago

General Finish’s Arm-R-Seal, nothing beats it for ease of use and quality of finish, and it brings out the beauty of the wood.

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Bobmedic

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#2 posted 775 days ago

Lacquer, dries fast easy to work with.

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Gerald Thompson

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#3 posted 773 days ago

Waterlox Original Sealer and Finish. It takes awhile to apply but it is tough and looks good.

-- Jerry

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 773 days ago

Shellac is my favorite but varnish is what I use most often, it seems. Shellac isn’t the best choice for a lot of stuff…..

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TechRedneck

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#5 posted 773 days ago

My go to finish is tung oil.

Arm R Seal is a close second.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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bhog

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#6 posted 773 days ago

Shellac,tung oil or wiped on poly.For a more durable shellac use a waxy shellac.

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Sawkerf

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#7 posted 773 days ago

If I’m doing the finishing, I use a water based poly. Otherwise, I take it to my finish guy for pre-cat lacquer. He has a spray booth – I have to spray in my driveway which can get the neighbors kinda excited if it’s windy. – lol

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tyskkvinna

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#8 posted 773 days ago

Spray lacquer, almost exclusively.

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WoodworkingGeek

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#9 posted 773 days ago

My favorite is A boiled linseed oil thinned with mineral sprits. then I apply wax after the linseed oil drys.

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NiteWalker

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#10 posted 773 days ago

Zinsser sealcoat (dewaxed shellac) followed by crystalac super premium.

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rebelson

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#11 posted 773 days ago

Wipe-on Poly & Spray Lacquer.

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joebloe

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#12 posted 772 days ago

Interior poly ,exterior General finishes outdoor oil.

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cracknpop

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#13 posted 772 days ago

I prefer to spray lacquer… fast and easy. Though recently I used tung oil to pop the grain of QS sycamore. After assembly I sprayed lacquer. I may try it again.

-- Rick

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bondogaposis

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#14 posted 772 days ago

Arm R Seal; 1/3 Spar Varnish, 1/3 BLO 1/3 mineral spirits, Watco Danish Oil, wiping Varnish. I dislike lacquer finishes thoroughly.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Kelby

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#15 posted 772 days ago

Home-made Danish Oil. Like Bondo says—1/3 varnish, 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 minersal spirits. Wipe off the excess after 20 minutes on each coat. On the second or third coat, I like to sand with 400 or 600 grit sandpaper with wet-or-dry sandpaper before I wipe the excess, so it is sort of wet-sanded. On subsequent coats, I increase the grit until I get to 1500 or 2000. Each coat dries for a full day, minimum.

-- Kelby

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