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post #1 of 4 Old 12-10-2016, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Finish Suggestions?

Good Evening,
I have just completed a bed build that I have been working on for the past two months. I'm weighing options for finish. My original plan was to use the original Waterlox. My concern is as the weather has become colder my options for ventilation are significantly limited. I'm working in a basement with no heat and no ventilation other than outside windows, so although it is 64 degrees inside I can't open a window to the outside without freezing out.

Has anyone used a waterbased stain or poly that they have been happy with or would recommend for this purpose that doesn't have as strong of a smell? Or is waiting until the weather improves and I have adequate ventilation my best bet?

Any opinions or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-12-2016, 10:08 AM
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If you dont want to wait, Minwax polycrylic.

Dry times may vary since its 64 degrees in your basement.

Matching colors on different substrates is easy. All it takes is patience and beer.

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Yup, Minwax polycrylic is the way to go. I have a 64 degree basement shop, too. It does have fumes that are not good for you, so on big pieces like your bed, I just use a box fan on low to move some air around. With that, I don't smell anything at all. (If you try that, clean up any dust in the area first....made that mistake before). I used it on end tables I made 20+ years ago and it still looks good. It's all I use anymore. The downside is that water based finish will raise the grain, so you'll have to sand the fuzzys off after the first or second coat, then probably end up with four coats. Also, it seems to me that thinning with a little water (very little) for the last coat leaves a smoother finish in a cold basement, levels out better...less brush marks, but try that on some scrap first and see what you think.
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I have found that an inexpensive set of shop lights on a stand (halogen bulbs) can put off enough heat to sufficiently heat up a small shop area and help finishes cure. It greatly adds to visibility during the staining/finishing process also.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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