Finishes You Can Wipe, Brush or Spray
It makes sense to keep different kinds of finish on hand, because each project
presents unique finishing challenges.Wipe-on/wipe-off finish, such
as General Finishes TopCoat gel urethane, looks great, applies easily and
you don’t have to worry about bubbles, drips, runs, sags, dust nibs, hair, or
brush marks.Any finishing oil, oil/varnish blend, or gel varnish will do, as
long as you prepare the surface well and buff the the finish thoroughly
dry , to avoid streaks.Wipe-on/wipe-off finishes leave an attractive low
sheen, but numerous coats may be required and they provide
limited water resistance.
Film-building finish, such as Varathane oilbased
polyurethane, is the best choice if
you want a higher sheen or better
moisture protection. Building a film
finish requires a brush or pad, sanding
between coats, and a little practice.
Most oil-based polyurethanes
can be thinned out to make wipeon/
Shellac is a must-have. A beautiful
finish on its own, it has a fast dry time
that's a huge time saver. Zinnser
SealCoat is liquid shellac that's light in
color and contains no wax, so it's compatible
with virtually any other finish.
Spray-on finish in aerosol cans is
excellent for finishing smaller projects.
Many different finishes are available as
aerosols, including lacquer, shellac,
acrylic, polyurethane, and more.Apply
thin coats for the best results.
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