Oops, I procrastinated! Suggestions for a finish process that can be ready in 2 days?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by William Shelley posted 12-15-2017 05:53 PM 2966 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View William Shelley's profile

William Shelley

609 posts in 1916 days

12-15-2017 05:53 PM

I’m participating in a small pop-up craft fair / vending event in a few days, and I procrastinated and don’t have some pieces ready yet. D’oh!

I’ve got six book ends made from black walnut and cast iron, that need a clear finish that is completely cured within 48 hours. Suggestions?

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

8 replies so far

View builtinbkyn's profile


2939 posts in 1387 days

#1 posted 12-15-2017 05:55 PM

Laquer? Shellac? Water based poly?

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

View Fred Hargis's profile

Fred Hargis

5628 posts in 2940 days

#2 posted 12-15-2017 09:52 PM

Those are about the only choices you have…lacquer…shellac, or a waterborne.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

View Woodknack's profile


12866 posts in 2827 days

#3 posted 12-15-2017 10:05 PM

I would narrow that to shellac or waterbase. Lacquer dries quickly but takes weeks to fully cure and off-gases during that time, you’ll have the place smelling like lacquer thinner.

-- Rick M,

View runswithscissors's profile


3057 posts in 2472 days

#4 posted 12-16-2017 02:12 AM

I like Deft water based acrylic. Can be recoated in an hour (after a light sanding).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

View Dark_Lightning's profile


3486 posts in 3556 days

#5 posted 12-16-2017 09:14 PM

I’ve had good luck with Minwax water based spar urethane. It flows out really nicely with a foam brush (does not crumble the foam!) and leaves a really smooth finish. I finished my latest tool chest with it in one day. Three coats.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

View waho6o9's profile


8701 posts in 3024 days

#6 posted 12-16-2017 09:40 PM

Shellac and then wax

View DakotaHeirlooms's profile


14 posts in 1422 days

#7 posted 12-16-2017 11:09 PM

Ever try Zinsser Quick-15? It’s a fast-drying alkyd varnish that is excellent for interior use on all woods, cabinets, doors, trim, and metal. It dries in 15 minutes to a hard, durable finish; 3 coats can be applied in one day. I’ve used it on a few Pine projects, and I’ve seen projects that our local Paint Store professional sprayed it on.

-- Harry Sorenson Dakota Heirlooms

View William Shelley's profile

William Shelley

609 posts in 1916 days

#8 posted 12-19-2017 07:36 PM

Thanks all. I ended up going with a base coat of Arm-R-Seal to bring out the grain, wiped really thin, and then a couple coats of a water-based polyurethane (satin Varathane) from a rattle can, it looks great.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics