Humidor finish (topcoat)

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Forum topic by Sirgreggins posted 06-26-2014 01:53 PM 1076 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2014 01:53 PM

I’m going to make a few humidors soon and am contemplating what to use for a top coat. I’m going to use some bolivian rosewood veneer on spanish cedar for it. Is shellac durable enough for a humidor? I was thinking of doing a french polish method to get that great gloss shine, or maybe lacquer. Not sure which of these two i should go with. I do have a spray gun btw.

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 07:50 AM

You can use most any finish you wish as long as it is only on the outside. Many use Tung Oil, and I have seen some who have used Bartley’s Gel varnish. Its a matter of preference when it comes to finishes. DO NOT USE FINISH ON THE INTERIOR.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 07:53 AM

French polish is normally done with shellac. However, you can buff lacquer to a pretty high gloss using auto polish. So, it’s really your call between the two. Lacquer would probably be more of a clear finish, and shellac would warm the wood tone up a bit.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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