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Forum topic by richgreer posted 02-15-2014 04:34 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2014 04:34 PM

I’m making a small rocking chair. My wife will be painting some decorative designs on it but her painting will not cover the entire horse. I want to put on a finish that goes over both her painting and the bare wood. I also want the finish to be child safe and somewhat durable.

Any suggestions for the best finish for this situation?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 05:14 PM

They are all child safe once they fully cure, but anything with a solvent in it might have a bad reaction with your wife’s decoration. Consider a clear waterborne finish. It has the added advantage of being clear, not amber, so it won’t distort any of the color of the decoration.

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 05:42 PM

Rocking Chair Or Rocking Horse?

In any event I agree with Fred. Water Based Poly should do the job nicely.

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 06:03 PM

Waterborne poly, no question. Varathane works as well or better than any.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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