Deft Clear Wood Finish Opinions

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Chemical staining of wood is rarely carried out because it is easier to colour wood using dye or pigmented stain, however, ammonia fuming is a chemical staining method that is still occasionally used to darken woods such as oak that contain a lot of tannins Staining of wood is difficult to control because some parts of the wood absorb more stain than others, which leads to problems such as blotchiness and streaking.

Some pressure-treated wood contains water repellent and may need exposure to the elements before it will take a finish. Because lacquer usually has high solvent and VOC content and often contains the solvents xylene and toluene, conventional lacquer is not considered environmentally preferable. Simply apply more oil finish after removing wax or furniture polish with mineral spirits or soap and water. Keep the spray aimed away from other surfaces that you don’t want coated, or mask them with newspaper. If you are varnishing wood for outdoor use, be sure to use a high quality spar varnish.

Water-based finishes – Water-based finish contains some of the same ingredients as varnish and lacquer – notably urethane, alkyd and acrylic – but many flammable and polluting ingredients have been replaced with water. His primary objective is understanding how nanostructures can be incorporated into a clear coating to block UV rays enough to prohibit the UV degradation that causes graying. This is the first time I am seeing woodworkers liking the color of raw, unfinished natural wood. Give your outdoor furniture, a completely eco-friendly makeover with this water-based paint. It’s hard to eliminate this effect, but you can limit it by applying a wood conditioner before staining.

However, the slow drying time that aids the application is also a drawback, as it allows more time for dust to settle into the finish. Asian Paints PU (Polyurethane) is an acrylic based clear coating, which offers excellent weather resistance, light-fastness and UV protection to your exterior furniture. They suggest u may like to spray it with a water protectant spray ( jist like one u spray on ur furniture or shoes) but also give u suggestions on how to mop up spills.

When sanding between coats, it’s easy to rub right through the clear coat, removing the stain below. Asian Paints Apcolite Premium Gloss Enamel imparts a shiny new look to surfaces painted with this finish. My technique, when using oils, is to apply just one coat, let it dry, hit it with a coat or two of dewaxed shellac, then either wax and buff it, or spray two or three coats of lacquer then wax/buff (depends on the application). Unless they have changed the formula, you must go to bare wood before applying Armada. I used Minwax stain in dark walnut then three coats of Armada Wood Finish (original gloss).

The pigments protect the lignins, and thereby help prevent fibers from being released from the wood. Note: many finishes take much longer after “dry enough to handle” to reach the final complete cure required to polish a finish to a high gloss. Although we didn’t sand the live edge which gave it the appearance that it had bark remaining since we picked up with wood with most of the bark missing.

Figure 1. While traditional water-repelling clear finishes allow wood to gray from the sun, colored products block UV-rays for further protection. Unlike the other finishes discussed in this article, oil finishes do not form a protective layer atop the wood. Some stain manufacturers even recommend letting the wood weather before staining, to improve stain absorption, but this comes at the expense of surface damage. My favorite method to apply oil-based polyurethane is to thin the finish 50% with mineral spirits and wipe it on.

Shellac does not provide a completely clear finish, but has an amber tint that gives a mellow depth to the finish. Although there are wrong choices for a clear finish, there usually isn’t one right choice for a given project, either. For clear coatings, where the structure, grain and tone of the wood are visible, use only gloss for build coats. You can think of a paint, lacquer, varnish, oil, or even a wax finish on wood in the terms of a building.

It dries to a very clear finish in as little as 15 to 30 minutes, so several coats can be applied in a short amount of time and dust is not a big problem. Protective finishes generally fall into one of five categories: shellac, lacquer, varnish, oil, and water-based. Spar varnish is a type of phenolic varnish that is formulated to be more flexible than indoor varnishes, so it is more resistant to wood’s expansion and contraction in the extremes of outdoor temperatures. They offer uniform penetration along with a depth and clarity of tone that enhances the natural pattern and character of wood grain.

As such, there’s now a large spot down the middle where the liquid leached through the finish and raised the grain and flaked off the poly. Asian Paints Melamyne is an acid-cured premium wood finish which happens to be the most commonly applied wood finish in India. I am now in my 8th year of using Armada and I begin by stripping existing finishes to bare wood every 5 years. I have heard of folks using outdoor paint with no pigments as an outdoor finish and that might not change the color dramatically. Figure 4. Thanks to nanotechnology, film-forming finishes are all but a thing of the past.

Personally I would put the lowest sheen spar urethane (not spar varnish) I can find on a barn wood table and just live with the ambering and high build look. Since you are referencing the Armada wood finish I would only say, Do Not use it on any surface you would be walking on! The clear, non-yellowing lacquer is dry to the touch in 30 minutes and allows application of subsequent coats at 2-hour intervals (apply a minimum of three coats for best protection). PU Palette Exterior is a range of colour finishes, specially designed for wood along with all the benefits of PU.

By reducing the slip resistance of the furniture, items are more likely to glide across the finish instead of scratching it. Wax will also add a nice shine to the finish by filling in small scratches in the underlying protective finish. Acrylic lacquer is more durable and better for floor coating, while nitrocellulose lacquer is more often used on furniture and decorations and can be touched up easily because it does not set in the same way as acrylic lacquer.

If you want a clear finish, a simply polyurethane varnish is probably your best bet. Most clear finishes are applied with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood. Oil finishes are very easy to apply: simply wipe on with a rag, allow some time to penetrate, then wipe off the excess. Oak tends to have a more modern look with a water base finish and oil finishes will make it feel a little more classic.

These finishes are available in a wide variety of colours, many of which are not part of the natural colour palette of wood, for example, blues and greens. This is a consequence of the finish film bridging across the open pores rather than flowing into them. Toners and semi-transparent stains also protect wood against moisture while offering some protection against the sun’s rays (Figure 2). The public often feel they don’t need a lacquer and sometimes the trade feel they don’t need a varnish so this way we cater for both markets. Gouges and holes in wood are more difficult to repair than dents because wood fibres have been cut, torn and removed from the wood.

Even though this type of lacquer is much safer to use than the solvent lacquer you still have to use a good paint mask because the HVLP gun still makes a lot of overspray. Exposure to sunlight and humidity: Doors, windows, bathroom cabinets, kitchen countertops and outdoor furniture can all be exposed to sunlight, temperature changes and humidity. In fact, oil-based varnish is the most durable finish that can be easily applied by the average woodworker.

The instructions on the can says good on all wood including teak (the boat wood) – I would not use it on the paoch deck – it scratches like any varnish. The only problem with this is that the wax is not a very protecting finish at all. However, you can now find low-VOC, water-based lacquers that fall far below the EPA’s VOC limit for lacquer of 350 grams per liter (g/L) (see the Water-Based Sealer section below). Soak a coarse, absorbent, clean cloth with mineral spirits and wipe the finish.

A big difference between straight oil finishes and modified-oil (or alkyds) and latex finishes is that oil finishes don’t form a film on the surface. Water-based finishes are less toxic and less combustible than their oil-based predecessors, so they are also good choices for children who are woodworking hobbyists. I was interested in trying it, but have no experience with nitro-cellulose lacquer.