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siavosh

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399 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: finish pine softwood apartment

Hi folks,

Complete novice here. I just started making small projects out of low cost pine and redwood and am overwhelmed with the information online. I’m sure this has been asked before, but I have an additional constraint where I don’t have a dedicated workshop or garage and am concerned about fumes, toxicity, ventilation etc.

I was wondering if you all have recommendations for a simple, easy, non-toxic, apartment friendly finish for small pine/softwood projects. I’d like to preserve and enhance the look/grain of the wood so I’m guessing I prefer a clear finish.

Thanks!

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shampeon

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#1 posted 399 days ago

Shellac. The solvent is alcohol, and that will cause some fumes, but shellac dries very quickly, and doesn’t out-gas. It’s non-toxic (it’s used to coat pills and apples), and it looks great on pine. You can wipe it on. Pick up some premixed Bullseye Seal Coat shellac from the hardware store and a can of denatured alcohol.

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Manitario

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#2 posted 399 days ago

some of the water based finishes have less potent odor than the typical solvent based finishes, and they clean up with soap and water. It’s hard to mess up finishing pine! Pick up a few small cans of finish and try on some scrap.

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Cosmicsniper

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#3 posted 399 days ago

Ditto, shellac.

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siavosh

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#4 posted 399 days ago

Thanks folks, shellac it is!

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 399 days ago

Waterborne poly: no volatiles, non-toxic, no odor, fast dry, durable, soap and water cleanup.

Shellac: alcohol based, toxic, odiferous, poor protection, messy alcohol cleanup.

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siavosh

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#6 posted 399 days ago

Thanks Clint, maybe I’ll get both and experiment…

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shampeon

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#7 posted 399 days ago

Shellac is non-toxic. Citation. Denatured alcohol is, but it is the solvent and will evaporate quickly (most of it within 20 minutes).

Polyurethane is similarly non-toxic when cured. Waterborne poly has much fewer VOCs than oil-based poly, but still outgasses. E.g. see the summary here. I’ve never used a waterborne finish that didn’t have odor.

Both would work. Shellac will cure faster, which means less time with the windows open, but Clint is right that cleanup is easier with waterborne finishes.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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crank49

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#8 posted 399 days ago

Minwax Polycrylic. A clear water based durable finish. Drys super fast, no smell. Not cheap, however.

Shellac is good also, but dissolves in the presence of alcohol so don’t use it on the bar. A super sealer to put under other finishes.

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