WT472 – Lacquer? I Hardly Know Her!

It’s show #472 For May 27th, 2020, and today we are talking about finishing.

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  • Matt has a solution for the epoxy stalagmites
  • Jason shared a video for Matt’s next restoration to sharpen his bandsaw blades.
  • Andrew makes cutting boards and is proud

Finishing 101

We discuss the basic types of finishes and what they do well or not. We discuss our favorites finishes and application methods and then complain about the misleading marketing in the finishing world.

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Voicemail and Email

  • Phil wants some advice on marking his pieces during glue ups
  • Elliot asks is automotive finish might be used on a furniture project

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4 replies on “WT472 – Lacquer? I Hardly Know Her!”

Thanks, guys for the deep dive into finishing, arguably the most dreaded part of woodworking (next to sanding). Unfortunately for Shannon, I would like Marc to “tickle his pickle” a little more about Osmo. I’ve heard Mike Farrington praise it in his videos. I looked for it online and was repelled by the cost (perhaps I was looking at the cost per gallon, but still!). Then Lee Valley Toolworks sent me a seasonal mailing advertising, you guessed it, Osmo, in smaller, though still expensive, cans. And now I hear Wood Talk talk about it. So I have two questions, primarily for Marc, since he has experience with this ticklish pickle. First question: Osmo is advertised as durable once cured. True or false? Or if you prefer the question phrased as multiple choice, 1) Osmo is more durable than shellac, but less durable than varnish. 2) Osmo is more durable than BLO, but less durable than shellac. 3) none of the above, and why are you making me feel like I’m back in school? Second question is an essay: Pease opine on what you like/dislike about Osmo and why.

Keep up the good (and entertaining) work.

Oh, and the woodworker boy band from England is called “The Beetles”. One of their albums was named “Ambrosia Road”.

Hey guys! back before that pesky market crash in 2008 I painted cars for a living. Automotive clear coat is a Urethan enamel it dries relatively hard but not as hard as you might think. It depends actually on how you cure it. automotive clear coat is usually a two part or three part system: Clear, reducer, and hardener or just clear, and hardener. If you let the clear coat cure at room temperature it wont set up as hard as it would if you baked it in a paint booth. Most paint booths allow you to run a “bake” setting where the booth gets up to over 100 degrees and allows the clear to cure in about 30 minutes or so. However even baking the clear wont make it scratch resistant.

The reason I say all this is that you can use it on wood. I have, I custom painted corn hole boards and used an automotive clear because I used automotive paint to custom paint it. Worked great! however I did not bake the clear. I noticed that the more we handled it the more it go scratched up. Now I am sure that will be the case for any piece of furniture if you used automotive clear on. Run your finger across the hood of you car and you could scratch the paint… but the nice thing is you can buff it out really easy.

So while the clear works, and may scratch easy.. you could always buff it out! so it may be an option as a sealer for your project. I dont know if this helps but thats my knowledge and experience with the stuff.

Hey guys, just wanted to clarify one of those band names you mentioned in this episode… They’re no longer Jefferson Hand Plane, they go by Jefferson Saw Stop now.

Hey guys! Bob Flexner just had an article posted about why some finish names/descriptions are so confusing….His conclusion is that some of the companies are so focused on marketing that they don’t even know what they’re selling. He specifically mentions Seal-a-Cell at the end of the article, I know that was one that you guys mentioned for which the marketing is confusing.


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