Best or Recommended Finish For Tea Light Holders

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Forum topic by EWJSMITH posted 10-02-2013 01:20 AM 988 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2013 01:20 AM

Hi all,

I have some tea light holders made from birch, purpleheart, cherry and mahogany and I’m looking for suggestions on the best finish to use. Obviously, Idont want anything flammable :-). Any recommendations?


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#1 posted 10-02-2013 12:00 PM

I don’t want to state the obvious but wood is flammable…haha

Tea lights have the metal casing around them to keep the wax in. I wouldn’t worry about what finish I used. Just leave enough time for your finish to properly cure before you use the candle.

... wax probably wouldn’t be a good finish choice. I’d go poly

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#2 posted 10-02-2013 12:08 PM

Yes, Poly probably do the job best.


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#3 posted 10-02-2013 02:05 PM


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#4 posted 10-02-2013 03:23 PM

I’ve never had one explode yet, using lacquer.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 08:34 PM

thanks guys. I was thinking clear shellac or tung oil but was curious as to what other have been using. cheers.

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