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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 06:59 PM

There are only 2 commonly available ones these days, and for one it’s not-so-common. That one would be the Pratt and Lambert 38 varnish, an alkyd resin/soya oil formula and my favorite among oil based finishes. Very light in color, and no one within 100 miles of me seems to stock it. You can get over the internet. The second which should be a little easier to find is the Sherwin Williams Fast Dry Oil Varnish (careful, they make a urethane formula as well). It’s a linseed oil oil/alkyd resin formula and has that distinct amber coloring. Even so it’s a very good finish, and when on sale isn’t that terribly expensive. McClosky’s Heirloom was bought buy Cabot and relabeled as Cabet 8000, then suddenly discontinued. One last thing, I think the Watco Danish oil actually has an alkyd resin varnish in it (unless they changed in the last few years). Still don’t understand the magic of the word “polyurethane”, a curse of Norm I guess.

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