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post #1 of 13 Old 03-03-2009, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I am refinishing some bathroom drawers (pine, I believe) and would like to know if the raw wood on the inside should be finished , and, if so, with what. I do not want to paint the insides if they need to be sealed. Thanks
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Welcome to the forum. I think it would be personal preference if they are painted or sealed, but they should be finished. When I make drawers I use a prefinished asian birch. Painting drawers is a pain.
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Welcome to the madhouse!! In answer to your question, I would put a finish on the inside of the drawers just to make cleanup a little easier, if for nothing else. As far as what to use, I'm not sure if there are any technical reasons for what product to use so maybe one of the other fellas could help out in that subject.
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I never finish the insides of drawers

Why? Because I havent seen any finish on higher end modern production furniture, older production furniture or antique hand crafted furniture. I don't know for sure why but I can only guess. Heat and humidity does strange things to some finishes and maybe it might affect clothing. Raw wood breathes.
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I never finish drawers.
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I personally like to use a clear finish on the drawer insides, if for nothing more than to protect against stains that could possibly happen. You mentioned that you were building bathroom drawers. My bathroom drawers are more likely to have things in them that could spill, not to mention a location where more moisture will be there from long hot showers.
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I usually finish the inside of drawers with the same finish I am using for the rest of the inside of the unit.

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finish

Very simple and surprisingly quick is to brush on some shellac. I had no problems with runs etc.. I Usually spray on what ever the carcass is using, but the shellac works for a painted unit. Russ
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I finish all drawers inside and out. You could use shellac. Lacquer or waterbased polyurethane also work well and dry very fast. All three of those finishes will leave the drawer pretty much odorless. Oil based finishes like oil, varnish, oil based polyurethane, and oil based paint will leave an odor for a very long time, and take longer to cure.






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inside drawer finishing

First time I used this site and I really appreciate your immediate and expert replies. I will be back. Thanks
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Good advise

[QUOTE=cabinetman;69639]I finish all drawers inside and out. You could use shellac. Lacquer or waterbased polyurethane also work well and dry very fast. All three of those finishes will leave the drawer pretty much odorless. Oil based finishes like oil, varnish, oil based polyurethane, and oil based paint will leave an odor for a very long time, and take longer to cure.



Great note! Almost made this mistake today before I read this.

Don't think the client would like their clothes to smell. Waterbased polyurethane it is.

Dose anyone know what I would need to thin it with if needed to spray through an air hvlp gun?

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I finish all drawers inside and out. You could use shellac. Lacquer or waterbased polyurethane also work well and dry very fast. All three of those finishes will leave the drawer pretty much odorless. Oil based finishes like oil, varnish, oil based polyurethane, and oil based paint will leave an odor for a very long time, and take longer to cure.


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Great note! Almost made this mistake today before I read this.

Don't think the client would like their clothes to smell. Waterbased polyurethane it is.

Dose anyone know what I would need to thin it with if needed to spray through an air hvlp gun?

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You can thin it with plain water. I usually don't thin more than 8%-10% (depending on the brand). About a " at the bottom of a 1 qt cup. Apply thin coats. Use a lot of light so you can see how wet your application gets. I suggest you experient with your HVLP gun and plain water first to get some experience. Maybe try it out on some cardboard boxes.





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Ooooo ooooo pick me! pick me! I have thoughts!

Just came across this older thread while looking for suggestions on a product for finishing the inside of the drawers. Here is my opinion on the subject: Why are the store bought furniture pieces without finish on the insides? Because mass production machine shops use oil or solvent based finishes. If you use an oil finish inside something closed there is nowhere for the gases it releases to air out, and it will release for many years to come. So your clothes (in a dresser) come out of the drawer smelling like oil. So it is faster for them to just leave the insides un-finished, with the rationalization that it doesn't get much traffic in there anyway. It does mean that a drawer with a solid wood bottom in particular is more exposed to changes in moisture content and will expand and contract more that it would with a finish on it. So they will last, but they would last longer with a finish. The solution? Use a waterborne finish with low voc's (a.k.a. any waterborne finish available in a retail store... at least in Canada anyway, I assume the same for the U.S.A.).

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