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post #1 of 4 Old 07-29-2020, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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What finish do I choose???

Hi everyone,
I’m new here and could really use help on knowing how to finish some projects I would like to attempt. I want to play with making some wood and resin coasters and laser cut ornaments with resin (that I’ll buy, not make myself). I’ve read a lot of online articles and watched lots of videos, but the few things I could find that were similar to what I want to do use some sort of penetrating oil or wax to seal the wood (because one or both sides of the wood may not be covered in resin), but most of what I’ve read says those won’t hold up to glasses and cups sweating on them. Here’s the problem... I am very limited on space; I don’t have a workshop. When I want to do a project, I pull my car out of the garage and do my best with what I have. I don’t have a sprayer, my garage isn’t heated in winter, and ventilation is ok during warm weather but nonexistent in cold or wet weather. Soooo... I need to (hopefully) find a finish that I can either do in my house somewhere (so very low or no fumes) and/or isn’t very sensitive to temp or humidity. I also want to experiment with alcohol inks, so I’d like at least a final coat to be UV resistant. I know I’m asking for a lot, but if I want to try to make some extra money with this, I want to do it right so the pieces have longevity. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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Marine spar varnish with a UV inhibitor would be the best combination of water resistance and UV protection. Only problem is that good spar varnish tends to be expensive. A good polyurethane like the stuff used on floors would be a good second choice. By thinning it a bit with mineral spirits, you can wipe it on.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-01-2020, 04:51 PM
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Rattle can polyurethane.

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post #4 of 4 Old Yesterday, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I’ll look into that!
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