Advice on finishing a lot of wine racks

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Forum topic by Dj1225 posted 06-24-2014 03:43 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2014 03:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish walnut cherry

Ok here is where I am in this crazy project. I have apx 30 wine racks of various sizes made in cherry and walnut. I have to have these finished for various events pretty soon, say the middle of July.

I need some advice on a strong durable finish process.

I like using the trans-tint dye sprayed for color. I have had nice results with this product mixed with alcohol.

Then I was thinking of a coat of shellac

And that’s where I am. What should be the top coat.

A water base poly, lacquer I have read so much I have info overload.

Really want these to look good for a lot of years.
I know the tops will need the most attention and coats for durability.

Any advise is appreciated. I would prefer to spray as there are a lot to be done.

Oh I am in NC where the current humidity is about 200%

As always thanks for your help.


-- Dave

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 04:07 PM

Even though the shellac may be protected somewhat by the topcoat, I don’t recommend using it on items meant for storage of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is the solvent for shellac.

In that situation, I’d go with precat lacquer or conversion varnish since we have a spray setup here. If you aren’t spraying, then poly would probably be a good option. Whichever you use, do a sample and test it using the scratch test where the finish gets scored with an 1/8” pattern using a sharp knife then tape is applied to see if the finish lifts.

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 04:55 PM

I don’t think a wine rack will get much exposure to alcohol or moisture. I would say any finish will work. Of shellac, lacquer, and poly… lacquer spays best.
In high humidity, lacquer can blush. Perhaps spray at the time of day with the lowest possible humidity.

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