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Forum topic by JosephNY posted 01-02-2014 12:40 PM 425 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2014 12:40 PM

I need several gallons of Pratt & Lambert 38 in Dull and can’t find it.

Anyone know of an online source that has the stuff?

Thank you,

Joseph


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#1 posted 01-02-2014 12:42 PM

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 12:47 PM

Not sure where you live in NY, but the only place I’ve found P&L stuff is at Valu Home Center.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 01:08 PM

Already have an email into p&l.com.

I’m in NYC—I don’t have an Valu nearby.

I prefer ordering online—the ease is worth the wait.

Thanks!

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 01:25 PM

Things may have changed, but they didn’t do very well with e-mails a couple of years ago. If your’s fails to get a response try calling them.

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 09:41 PM

Is there a good alternative?

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 12:28 PM

I’m afraid the alkyd/soya oil varnish formulas are going the way of the Dodo bird. Not sure why, maybe because most woodworker’s didn’t realize what a good finish they are. Over the past few years I’ve seen McCloskey’s Heirloom, the Cabot 8000 series, and the Old Masters formula all pulled form the shelves locally. If you can find any NOS cans of them you would be good to go. If you find any of the P&L product, you might want to load up…I’m guessing, but it may be on it’s way out as well. There is an alkyd/linseed oil varnish, and a very good one: the Sherwin Williams Fast Dry Oil Varnish should still be available (careful, SW also makes a poly varnish). The main difference between it and the soya oil versions is that it goes on with much more of an amber cast, and it will yellow more over time. But it still doesn’t have that plastic look of a poly, and does have have the adhesion problems either.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 04:12 PM

I’ve used the 38 and I know it is (was) thought of very highly, so I thought I’d cut out any further analysis and go with it. But, it looks like it won’t be that easy.

It seems there are mixed opinions on SW Fast Dry.

I just put an order in for 14 doors, 1 counter top and 17 shelves—all reclaimed heart pine in 2” (some of the doors are thinner).

I was originally going with poly, but I like a duller, less noticeable finish. Ideally, it would have an oil finish (matte/flat/nothing on surface) look with the protective quality of a varnish.

Would appreciate a recommendation.

Thanks!

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 04:29 PM

In forums like these there are mixed opinions on everything. Sometimes from the same people :). Anyway, without the soya/alkyd formula varnish, the SW would be my choice. After that I would probably consider one of the waterborne finishes, like General Finishes Enduro Var. Waterbornes are all essentially arrylic finishes, but some of the manufacturers (like GF) have started adding a small amount of urethane resins so they can use the magic word “polyurethane” somewhere on the label. Enduro Var is such a formula. Be aware, waterbornes are typically water clear, which I see as a good thing but many others do not agree.

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