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Posted on Durability of Sam Maloof's Finish

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 04:58 AM

The “Oils’ in Sam’s finish not only amber the grain, but also pop’s the figure where there is figure. Shellac does that also, but is harder to apply.. Sam’s finish is foolproof in simply wiping it on and then wiping it completely off. It’s hard to fail with a finish so simple.. Don’t get me wrong..I have used his finish and still use it where it calls for it, but if I want protection..I have to use a more durable finish..if I want the same look but a more durable finish..I use the Arm-R-Seal or I spray shellac followed with a varnish of my choice..there’s a lot more work when using the other finishes, but they offer better protections..

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