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#1 posted 01-07-2021 08:38 PM

Not enough information available from web to draw clean/clear comparisons to finishes sold in US? Especially the ‘ZA’ standards for SDS are lacking information compared to what USA SDS are required to share.

Both of the solvent based Polyurethane coatings linked above seem about same? Without having a can of each in front of me, no way to offer any further advice. The literature makes them appear to be similar to several older style brush on Polyurethane Varnishes sold in US that were popular over 20 years ago? Wipe on versions of Poly finishes have been popular since then.

IMHO – Suggest best way for you to learn more about all wood finish options is read some literature on wood finishing. There are several outstanding authors of finishing books in US, but each has slightly different background and focus; which makes it hard to suggest just one?

‘Understanding Wood Finishing’ by Bob Flexnor is guide used my many. He has other books as well.

Jeff Jewitt (Transtint) is a master finisher that has written books like ‘Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing’.

‘Best Finishing Techniques’ by Fine WoodWorking Magazine is another good reference, as it is a collection of in depth articles originally published in magazine by many different authors.

PS – Spent a few minutes looking for Industrial/Commercial mfg of wood coatings I know that might have distributors in ZA. These sort of folks are generally focused on commercial cabinet/furniture mfg; but many happy serve serious wood working hobbyists here in US? :-)
Note: Commercial finishes are not meant for retail sale, and require proper health and safety precautions. But industrial coatings offer a wider choice of materials for finishing wood than available to general consumer.

Random links in random order:
These folks sell Lacquer, CV, Poly, and WB products from several mfg:
AkzoNobel distributes wood finishes under the Dulux brand in ZA:
Another broad product range supplier is Morrell in UK:
PPG has large presence in ZA, suggest you look for PPG Proluxe Cetrol wood finishes also.

With some luck, maybe our UK/UE members can comment on above mfg, none of these brands are sold in US.

Best Luck on your finishing education!

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