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Are you "finished"?
Apr 16th, 2018 at 9:07am
 
Woodworkers and turners specifically, have more finishes available today than ever before. Still there are those who prefer to mix their own than purchase a retail finish.
Sometimes there may be a valid reason for mixing you own finish, other times people think than can make theirs "better" than store bought.
So, today's question is this,
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Do you prefer store bought finishes or do you prefer mixing you own and why?
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Reply #1 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 11:00am
 
Finishing is my least favorite part of turning. I use store bought WOP, Antique Oil or Watco.
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Reply #2 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 11:35am
 
I have used store bought, but like to mix my own. French type polish (Shelac/BLO/Mineral spirits), WOP (store bought/mineral spirits).
Found 2 gallons of water based poly discounted($10) at orange Big Box, so will be trying that.


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Re: Are you "finished"?
Reply #3 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 12:50pm
 
Strictly off the shelf finishes for me
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Reply #4 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 9:18am
 
For the most part, I buy off the shelf,
There are a few things like "thinning" or blending some oils or stains but this is usually for a specific purpose like trying to match an existing finish.
I also use traditional natural finishes like shellac and tung oil, for these I follow the same process that's been used for hundreds or thousands of years.
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Reply #5 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 4:58pm
 
I agree with Dwight - Finishing is my least favorite part of turning...so much so that I have become an expert at it, recently demoing my methods at our monthly meeting!  SERIOUSLY!  Shocked Smiley

I found a method that is fool proof (this means I can do it right every time), and the results are what people want to see/feel on a turning (yep, I like the results too).  Most importantly is that my sweetie likes it  Kiss !  (24 years married, yesterday).

Funny, this same thing happened to me at work.  I have become the company expert in an area that I neither liked or was good at ...  I guess this just means that I am officially now a stubborn old man  Angry


PS - Get Off My LAWN!   ..lol  Grin

oh, I guess this was about what I use.. I use an off the shelf finish that I thin by 50% before applying... so is that "off the shelf" or "custom"?
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Reply #6 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 5:20pm
 
First of all, Happy Anniversary

Sorry I didn't put the option for mixing off the shelf finishes, turners  Roll Eyes Grin

For anyone else, if you alter it, it's no longer off the shelf. Maybe I should have said straight from the can. Undecided
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Reply #7 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 6:47pm
 
90% off the shelf.  Sometimes I make my own friction polish for pens.
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Reply #8 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:33pm
 
I have tried just about everything I can find and now just about exclusively use either walnut oil I get from the store or mix my own shellac flakes for a 1# cut finish
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Reply #9 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:12pm
 
Well, I guess Tom (Happy Anniversary!!!!) and I are about the only ones that don't use finish right out of the can.  My go to finish is a mixture of BLO, WOP & Danish Oil.  I do use CA right out of the bottle for pens and some of my turnings that I have dyed.
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Reply #10 - Apr 18th, 2018 at 8:46am
 
Part of the QOTW was why

Do you enjoy mixing finishes, do you like the convenience of store bought?
Price, time, clean-up, durability, ease of use, shelf life, these sort of things.

Other than the few exceptions I mentioned above, I prefer the consistency and durability of store bought finishes. I'm not talking about viscosity, I mean every time I buy a can it's the same as the last time, without having to mix it myself. I also like the durability of these finishes, the resins and specific additives in many of today's finishes are far superior that in years past and aren't something you can easily (if at all) replicate at home. Not many people make their own polyurethanes or finishes with UV inhibitors, high solids or pigments.
That's my why, what's yours?

Disclaimer
I also do a lot more finishing than just turned items
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Reply #11 - Apr 18th, 2018 at 9:06am
 
Ok Ed. Someone told me about the mixture I tried it and I liked it.  One you get to be a certain age you don't like to mess with what works for you Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #12 - Apr 18th, 2018 at 9:24am
 
That works for me  Smiley
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Reply #13 - Apr 19th, 2018 at 6:51pm
 
Mix my own.  I go with 2 coats of  half BLO half minerals spirits.   Then wiping 2 to 3 coats of wiping poly.  Saves lots of time  drying.  Use to use  10 coats of    formbys  tung oil finish,  Which is mostly  thinner.  Use to spend much time  waiting  for  previous coat to dry...
    
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Reply #14 - Apr 19th, 2018 at 8:22pm
 
Rick. that’s what I like about mine. I dip the turning in my mix for about an hour, pull it out let it drip and then wipe it “dry” with paper towels and let it dry. After it is cured, 4 or 5 days I Beall buff it and it is good to go.
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