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Jul 9th, 2021 at 10:40am
 
Do any of you use a low VOC or less toxic finish on your pieces, often labeled as organic or natural,
There are many brands out there these days based on whey proteins, hemp oil, soybeans, etc. I was just wondering if there were any preferences out there.
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Re: Less Toxic
Reply #1 - Jul 15th, 2021 at 1:00pm
 
I use a collection of finishes: Varathane poly, Home made French polish, Walnut oil, BLO.
Never realy thought about "Natural" finishes.

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Reply #2 - Jul 15th, 2021 at 7:28pm
 
I've been experimenting with pure raw tung oil.  Due to its low viscosity it is more difficult to wipe on.  After only 4 or 5 coats I've left a drink glass coaster with some condensation in it every night for at least a week, no sign of water damage.  After seeing a brief article on line I sanded lightly with I think 320 a bowl with several coats, wiped on 2 additional coats.  I think it is at least a satin sheen now.  A week between coats, so it is much less convenient and more time consuming, but I believe the FDA lists pure raw tung oil as food safe, no questions asked.
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Reply #3 - Jul 18th, 2021 at 4:23pm
 
Will raw tung oil dry?


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Reply #4 - Jul 18th, 2021 at 6:36pm
 
Raw tung oil will fully cure, harden. This can take weeks sometimes.
this is why tung oil finishes are thinned and have driers, with some type of poly resin added to aide in faster curing along with more sheen.
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Reply #5 - Oct 7th, 2021 at 9:46pm
 
Ive been using something called resithane and found it works great; builds easy and you can reduce it with denatured alcohol.
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Reply #6 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 1:22pm
 
Looked up resithane. It's a water based lacquer. Which is OK if the temperature of the shop is over 60F and reasonably dry. Otherwise could get hazy finish or longer drying times.


I have tried water based urethanes and dislike them!

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Re: Less Toxic
Reply #7 - Oct 11th, 2021 at 3:02pm
 
What do you think about the Tried and True Original finish? I like it, but it won’t give you a high gloss. More of a natural finish.
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