The Basics of Wiping Varnish

Its durability and ease of use make searching out this hard-to-identify finish worth it.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 70-75

From the November 2005 issue #151
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Of all finishes available, none offers as much protection and durability with as little difficulty in application as wiping varnish. With wiping varnish you can achieve a run-free, brush-mark-free, air-bubble-free and almost dust-free finish, which after several coats is very protective against moisture penetration, and resistant to scratches, heat and solvents. And you can do this with no more effort than wiping or brushing on the finish, and either leaving it, or wiping off some or all of the excess.

No other finish offers all of these great qualities. The only finish that competes is gel varnish, but it’s messy to apply, and it can’t be built up as fast on the wood without leaving brush marks. Wiping varnish is arguably the single best finish for most amateur woodworking projects.

From the November 2005 issue #151
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