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#1 posted 12-23-2015 06:01 AM

Ger, PJ, Thanks. The local marine shop doesn’t stock it but they can get any variety of Interlux or Pettit. In my quick search of Interlux I can’t find any information saying which product would have alkyd resins. An the other hand Pettit Paint’s website indicates their Flagship Varnish is “a special blend of phenolic and alkyd resins”. So at least that’s something.

Fred, yeah, I remember varnish was a commonly used term. I was a little shocked that it’s practically non-existent now. Sherwin Williams had the urethane Fast Dry Oil Varnish but not alkyd. I picked that up just in case. Although, an amber coloring may not suit my desire.

TheuneM, I may go that route. What sent me on this wild hunt was two things. One, I recently read Chris Shwarz’s workbench book (the red one) and he mentions in a couple of places that he uses an equal parts mix of alkyd varnish, BLO, and mineral spirits. Two, I have a small three legged walnut table that I made in a High School workshop a few decades ago. I gave it to my mother without a finish being applied. She’s given me the ultimatum to finish it. I thought that since varnish/BLO/mineral spirits was good enough for a workbench then it’d be good enough for a not-so good table. And I’d get some practice for when I build a workbench.

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