Flexner on Finishing: Master the Wipe-on Finish

These products are easy to apply with good results – choosing the right one for the job is the hard part.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 86-87

From the August 2004 issue #142
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The easiest of all finishes to apply on your project is one you wipe on and wipe off the wood. All finishes can be wiped on wood, of course, but finishes that dry and harden rapidly are difficult to control because they don’t allow the time necessary to get the excess wiped off evenly.

Oils, blends of oil and varnish, and “wiping” varnishes dry slowly, so these are the finishes usually referred to as “wipe-on” finishes. (Wiping varnish is regular oil-based varnish or polyurethane varnish that’s thinned enough so it can be wiped on rather than brushed on the wood.)

From the August 2004 issue #142
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