Choosing a new varnish??

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Blog entry by John Gray posted 11-04-2009 12:31 AM 11839 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been using MINIWAX Wipe-On Poly Clear Satin and Helmsman Spar Urethane for quite awhile with good results….....BUT I can’t get any right now. So tomorrow I’m going to a Borg 70 miles away that only carries CABOT brand I need to get the above items there.
Question is has anyone got any feedback on using the Cabot brand or MINIWAX or both?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 12:45 AM

I switched to General Finishes Arm-r-Seal a few years ago, and have nothing but good results since. A great product.
Click HERE for the General finishes home page

Sorry no experience with Cabot.

Good Luck

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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Tim Marko

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 01:11 AM

I’ve been using all cabot products for a while now and like the results better than min-wax. To me they don’t seem quite as “plasticy(?)” IMHO.

I’ve never seen a wiping poly from them, but I make my own using 50/50 poly and Min Spirits

I really like their alkyd varnish. (I think the number is 8000 for the gloss finish) I also make this into a wiping varnish, again at 50/50.

The arm-r -seal is also a very nice product, but I’ve neer seen it at the BORG’s.

-- Tim, trying to come up with something cool to say here!

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 01:44 AM

SHERWIN WILLIAMS still has oil based varnish.
many or most of the new products are poly products
they are not varnish.
oil varnish is truely flexible. can be mixed and used many ways
i quit using stains, i only use oil and shellac to color wood now.
then cover with varnish.
one mix i use is 6part varnish,one part 100% pure tung oil,one part turp
thin first coat to color and penitrate wood use the 6-1-1 until you start to
build a finish some time 2 or 3 coats last coat or 2 decr. the tung oil.

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Will Mego

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#4 posted 11-06-2009 07:59 PM

Never used the cabot either, sorry. I use the arm-r-seal as above, wouldn’t change. They also have a range of poly to choose from (not to mention milk paints and anything else you could think of). I think general finishes website has a dealer locater too if I recall.

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