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Forum topic by johnintecumseh posted 04-27-2013 07:07 PM 1271 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2013 07:07 PM

Hey woodturners, have any of you used General finish’s water based woodturners finish my question is does it get thick like w.o.p. does it have to be transferred into smaller containers ?? thanks for your help. keep smiling John

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 07:23 PM

That stuff is essentially wipe on poly, so yeah all WOP issues apply.

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 11:17 AM

Lot of turners switching to waterborne finishes like it because can wipe, brush, and spray it. Open container shelf life much better than oil finishes. Only problem with GF Woodturners finish is availability, not all vendors that carry GF have it.

GF, make outstanding waterborne products. GF products not sold in all towns. If have to pay shipping look at other less expensive brands. I am using a quart of Rust-Oleum Poly Gloss, but have use Cabot, and MinWax product too! Normally use a foam brush keeping wet edge for application.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 01:04 PM

I don’t use poly on turnings … my preference is either shellac with boiled linseed oil and DNA, or lacquer. The best lacquer sealer and lacquer (IMHO) is Deft. I cut the lacquer 50/50 with lacquer thinner.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 10:56 PM

I have finished some turnings just by sanding to 500 grit then rub them down with cutting board wax let it dry a little then turn the lathe back on and polish it with some soft cloth. I’m not big into wood turning but I have done some rolling pins this way and I like the look.

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 11:42 AM

Became aware of General Finishes Enduro (floor finish) product many years ago over at IAP. Folks using Enduro wanted a glossy durable finish that was easy to apply. Their Woodturners finish is becoming popular with many pen and other turners today.

If want shinny not so shinny GF has a durable low VOC finish for you. Both products will impart an amber hue to you wood. Plenty of other waterborne products do not.

Deft waterborne lacquer also very popular with many turners. Not sure Deft first to offer waterborne lacquer. Would use it too if sold in my area. I too use regular Deft brush on lacquer on my turnings.

Easy clean up, low VOC’s shorter out gassing times make waterborne products attractive today. You are not home free with low or zero VOC products so read & observe warnings & precautions provided by manufacturer. There is a learning curve to using waterborne products whether lacquer or poly. You can certainly avoid plastic look and feel poly imparts with little knowledge and adjusting finishing procedure.

-- Bill

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