The Finishes Available

The following is a list of ways in which you can refinish furniture. Some are common, and some are obsolete; all are listed because they can still be found on some furniture pieces: Natural varnish Synthetic varnish Sprayed lacquer Brushed lacqucr Penetrating resin Tung oil Shellac Wax

Hand-rubbed oil French polish Enamel

Antique glazing Plastic

Each of these finishing methods has a reason for its use and popularity. Some, like the wax and the hand-rubbed oil finishes, were once very popular but are no longer in general use. Some, like ¡he French polish, produce a very pleasing result but aren't used because they require a great amount of labor. Some are very durable, while others tend to be fragile.

A French polish is a very specialized finish The highly reflective surface is the resu'l ol layer after layer of shellac and oil.

In general, the finishes most common today are sprayed lacquer (by furniture manufacturers), and synthetic varnish and tung oil (favored by refinishers). Enamel has always been desirable on certain kinds of furniture, and antique glazing, which employs latex enamel and a glaze, has enjoyed popularity among do-it-yourselfers for the past ten years. The plastic finishes, which conic in clear and colored formulations, seem to find use mostly in modern and Contemporary furniture, but not so much on traditional pieces. S he penetrating resins, which have been around for a number of years and are very easy to use. offer some outstanding benefits and have a number of loyal fans.

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