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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-04-02 06:38 am   Permalink

I use Shellack as a sealer on all my work then finish with Lacquer or Polyeurethane . Shellack is a good sealer because most finishes will adhere to it(and it sticks to almost any surface), although it is agood Interior finish, it is not weather proof so no outdoors.
Much old furniture was finished with Shellack which is Alcohol based.
Lacquer is a Fine glossy Hard finish that is easy to apply and gives good results.
Varnish is more durable and best for outdoors items.
Water based versus Oil based is usually just a prefrence type thing. Water based is very easy to work with and can be very durable and Clear, non yellowing, unlike oil based.
Now that I've confused you totally. get a small can of each type and try them on a scrap piece of wood and see which You prefer, because thats what it boils down to.
Hope this helps
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