Wiping Varnish

An excellent finish for first timers (and beyond).

By Bob Flexner
Pages: 50-55

From the November 2011 issue #193
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Wiping varnish is the finish I recommend you use if you are finishing for the first time. Wiping varnish is a term I coined in 1990 to categorize a large number of very popular fi nishes that are sold individually under many different names but are actually all the same –oil-based alkyd or polyurethane varnish thinned about half with mineral spirits (paint thinner).  Collecting them into a category removes the mystique manufacturers attempt to create and it makes the finish easier to understand. It also allows us to discuss uniform application procedures that apply to all brands.

ARTICLE: What is wiping varnish, exactly? Let Bob tell you.
ARTICLES: For more finishing advice and techniques for all skill levels, visit the finishing section on our web site.
TO BUY: “Wood Finishing 101,” from which this piece is excerpted.

From the November 2011 issue #193
Buy this issue now