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12-08-2008 03:35 PM

Need a recommend for a nice gloss finish for a chess box I am making. I love how it looks with Mineral Spirits and want that look. It is made out of Bloodwood, Roak, and another I can’t remember at this time. The board isn’t going to get used “alot”.

Thanks

-- T. Nelson


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 12-08-2008 03:47 PM

Try the rub on poly, satin finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#2 posted 12-08-2008 05:37 PM

i like high gloss as well.. google french polish.. denatured alcohol and shellac.. been used for a hundred years, and is still used for musical instruments… couple of good utube demo’s.. i use it on some of my turned pieces. it builds as many coats as you want and is a very hard finish.. it takes a little longer but is (imo) the best finish out there

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#3 posted 12-08-2008 06:15 PM

I like the wipe on poly’s too. Have used General finishes Arm-r-seal and like it. Easy application. If you really want to kick it up, rub it with rottenstone and water after it has dried hard. Then wax. You will be happy with the results.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#4 posted 12-08-2008 10:42 PM

Does Arm-R-Seal stain the wood at all?

-- T. Nelson

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#5 posted 12-09-2008 12:05 AM

The reason I like satin is, I think high gloss hides the beauty of the wood.

Satin is more natural looking.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 12-09-2008 01:59 PM

Sooooo many options…I ordered a book yesterday from Rockler to help me understand finishes. Is the Arm-R-Seal sold at the big box stores?

-- T. Nelson

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#7 posted 12-09-2008 05:02 PM

No, you won’t find it in the box stores. I get mine at woodcraft. It doesn’t stain. If you have only the big box stores to shop at, you might want to look at Watkins Danish oil as a rub on finish, although it isn’t going to give you the gloss that Arm-r-seal does. Minwax makes some wipe on poly’s in gloss that you should be able to find.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#8 posted 12-09-2008 06:16 PM

Guess I will have to take a drive to the nearest Woodcraft today. Didn’t know I had one. Looks like they have some great classes availiable too.

-- T. Nelson

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