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Want a Clear Finish? Use Varnish on Your Furniture!

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The idea of giving furniture “finishing touches” with the aid of varnish has been there for centuries, especially in the Orient. It contains oils and has an amber coloring. The liquid is sold in measurements of gallons and quarts.

Even today, many people claim that it makes for a better finishing agent than polyurethane or lacquer. Why? Varnish exhibits a longer durability as compared to lacquer. It is wonderful for pieces that come in for “strong” abuse! Also, it came into existence much before polyurethane, and has a longer fan following among the older generation.

Varnish prefers to take its own sweet time to dry, which can be a good thing and also not such a good thing! After you have finished varnishing, do you notice brush marks that should not be there? Well, you have enough time to repair your mistakes, without going in for a second stripping of your furniture. But dust and dirt are always looking for places to settle on, and wet surfaces are more beckoning. So your newly varnished furniture may find grime on its surface even as it gets a new coat of varnish! Complete curing can go on even for a month at times! Manufacturers shy away from varnish as well as opaque oil-based paints for these very reasons.

You may utilize varnish in its full strength or combined with paint thinner immediately after your antique piece has been stained. It acts like a sealer. Though slightly higher-priced, a China bristle brush is a good investment.

Paint thinner has the advantage of allowing for faster drying plus smoother application of varnish. This is good if you are a novice in this arena. After all, you are likely to over-brush in certain areas! And if you have made the mistake of shaking the varnish bottle instead of stirring the liquid inside, then you will notice bubbles that will just refuse to go away. Bubbles on your paintbrush are going to have adverse effects on your valuable items!

So then, how do you actually apply varnish? Take a small amount on your brush. Then, using just the tip of it, smoothen it out in the direction of the grain. Do not keep over-brushing, similar to over-writing! It is advisable to work on small patches at a time. One square foot at a time is a good idea; you can overlap the work areas as you move along. And do remember to be in a well-ventilated and clean room with good lighting.

There is a special type of varnish that is used for wood that stays outdoors (ships) most of the time—Spar varnish. Even bar tops and other areas which are targets of moisture and excessive wear are treated with a special formulation.


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