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Forum topic by Fish22 posted 08-31-2014 11:48 PM 1496 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2014 11:48 PM

I am in the process of doing 2 shelves for the bathroom, and am looking for recommendations on the finish. I would like to keep as natural as possible, so was initially thinking shellac or lacquer. Once I finish sanding to 180 to 220 grit, that will lead to the final decision on whether I need to stain or not. The shelves will be mounted above the toilet, so probably won’t get wet. So basically what type of finish would you guys recommend.

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 05:42 PM

My favorite finial is Arm-R-Seal, a wiping varnish. Brings out the beauty in the wood, goes on easy, and the room moisture shouldn’t be a problem. Used this on a bathroom stool for my granddaughters about 8 years ago, still looks like new.

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 06:13 PM

I also like arm-r-seal. I wipe it lightly on with a blue paper shop towel, folded into a square. For something like that, I’d probably do 4 coats, very lightly sanding with 320 or 400 after 2 coats. I usually rub out the last coat with 0000 steel wool with some paste wax on it, then buff that out with another blue shop towel. This is my favorite method because it’s stupid simple, there’s no cleanup (just hang the rag flat to dry, or risk combustion), and it’s pretty hard to screw it up (I haven’t yet, so that should tell you how hard it is too screw up). It also doesn’t build up much, which I like, leaves a nice natural look.

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