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Characteristics of Finishing Materials
Finish Material
Thinner
Uses
Apply With
Postives
Brushing Lacquer Lacquer thinner Small projects Brush Fast drying
Colored Lacquers None Small projects with opaque finish Aerosol can Convenient
Danish Oil Mineral Spirits Natural looking projects Wipe or brush Does not require dust free polishing room
Nongrain Raising Stain (N.G.R.) Alcohol, Glycol, Acetone, or Toluol Projects needing deep penetration Spray-large project; Wipe-small project Clarity-does not cover the grain and fast drying
Oil-Based Paint Mineral Spirits Houses and trim Brush or spray Durable
Paste Wood Filler Mineral Spirits or Naphtha Ring porous woods Brush Levels surface by filling in pores
Penetrating Oil Stain Mineral spirits or Turpentine Small projects Wipe or brush Readily available
Polishing Varnish
Mineral Spirits Furniture and cabinets Brush or spray Polishes well; easy to purchase
Polyurethane See label of can Furniture and cabinets Brush or spray Durable and resistant to heat and water
Resin Finish Mineral Spirits Small projects Wipe Wipe on finish that develops a surface layer
Shellac Denatured Alcohol Sealer Brush or spray Fast drying
Spar Varnish Mineral Spirits Outdoor Projects Brush or spray Resistant to water and sunshine
Spraying Clear Lacquer Lacquer thinner Furniture and cabinets Spray Resist heat, alcohol, and water and wide range of lusters
Water Stains Water Small projects with true colors Spray-large project;
Wipe-small project
Fades the least
Water-Based Paint Water Houses and trim Brush or spray Low odor and easy to clean-up
Waxes None Small inexpensive projects Wipe Inexpensive and fast