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Finishing Forum

This group focuses on everything to do with finishing woodwork, including preparation, staining, and all forms of finish application.

Members: 88
Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2014

Discussion Forum

Distressed Finish

Started by Jim Rautenberg. Last reply by Fraser McConney May 29, 2013. 4 Replies

spraying polyurethane

Started by Chris Kiernan. Last reply by Mac Simmons Feb 6, 2013. 7 Replies

repairing lacquer

Started by Jay Riddle. Last reply by Mac Simmons Feb 5, 2013. 3 Replies

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Comment by Fraser McConney on March 20, 2013 at 6:33am
Thanks Mac I wil give that a try. I have an old Devilbiss pot with a air driven propeller should do the trick. Cheers
Comment by Mac Simmons on March 4, 2013 at 5:00am


Just a thought, how about adding some retarder to your thinners, and then add that to your Lacquer and mix them up? Be sure, that you keep the mixture well mixed during your spraying. Good Luck

Comment by Fraser McConney on March 3, 2013 at 9:44pm
I have some recon ebony panels to finish. I have worked with gallons of lacquer finishes 10' to 50' but for this I need at least 90'. Any help hints would be great.
Comment by Dennis Letendre on May 30, 2012 at 5:58pm

Thanks Will for the feedback!

I knew of awfi from the website. I will see if I can find something closer or in Florida. I am really glad that I joined this network. Jim McGrew told me about it month's ago and I never focused on it. Great to be part of it now. There are some really talented crasftspeople on the site for sure.

Comment by Will Sampson on May 30, 2012 at 12:30pm

Dennis, the best place I know for professional finishing training is AWFI, which is located in Virginia. Check out their website at I don't know of specific wood finishing training in Florida, but you might talk to professional finish suppliers reps in your area for possible recommendations.

Comment by Dennis Letendre on May 30, 2012 at 11:59am

I live in Florida and I would like to really learn the proper way to finish. I would like to learn how to know colors, glazing, stain matching and all of the topcoats. Does anyone have any suggestions where to go in Florida or do I have to go out of state? Thanks for your help.

Comment by susan larson on September 4, 2011 at 2:39pm
I finish custom furniture. Check out my company's website so u can see my work, And i told Dave to expect ur call, he'd be happy to help!
Comment by Tom Andreas on September 4, 2011 at 2:15pm

Thanks Susan.

I will call Dave soon. This has been bugging me, I need the right finish for these goblets.

BTW what kind of work do you do?


Comment by susan larson on September 4, 2011 at 9:33am
I'm sorry the link doesn't work for you but as far as your goblets go, I would recommend a poly from Ilva. It's an italian company and they have some very impressive products for wood with very good results. I get  mine from the same guy who sells my unilac, Call him....he has tons of technical expertise. Dave Mahr at 1-715-498-2943.
Comment by Tom Andreas on September 3, 2011 at 9:17pm

What is a good finish for a wooden goblet?

The Unilac described may  be what I have been looking for. Unfortunately the linksSusan and Bruce gave don't work for me. Is Unilac a lacquer, would it be affected by alcohol after it dries, or cures or whatever it does.

I am looking something to spray onto turned wooden goblets that will not be affected by 80 proof liquor, will not have a funky smell to affect taste, and last but not least be non toxic when cured. I am told that even though the FDA does not certify any wood finish as food safe, modern finishes are in fact food safe when fully cured. But so far I am not happy with anything I have tried.

Salad bowl finish takes way too long to wipe on and smell somewhat for a long time, maybe forever.

Poly varnish, is quick enough but also smells a long time.

I have wondered about some of the better water based lacquers. I don't know anything about them. I don't suppose they redissolve in alcohol like regular lacquer, or do they?

Any suggestons?



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