Discover the Best of Oil and Water Based Wood Finishes

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General Finishes is proud to introduce Wood Turners Finish, which gives you the warmth and richness of an oil based varnish and the ease and environmentally friendliness of a water based finish.

Wood Turners Finish is the finish I've been looking for since I started turning.

General Finishes, always on the cutting edge of wood finishes technology, is proud to introduce another great product that gives you the warmth and richness of oil based varnishes and the ease and environmentally friendliness of water based finishes.

General Finishes Water Based Wood Turners Finish is an alkyd urethane varnish delivered in a water-based system. Michael Pekovish of Fine claims, “I’ve never been a fan of water-based finishes, but a new wiping varnish from General Finishes has me excited to give them another try.”

Easily achieve the beautiful, warm tones and feel of an oil varnish with faster drying times and without the safety concern of flammability. Plus, its capability to be rubbed out to a high gloss makes it an excellent finish for turning. A wood turner in the San Francisco Bay Area posted on General Finishes review page, “[Wood Turners Finish] has all the qualities I want in a finish for turned objects. It can be applied with the work still on the lathe. It goes on beautifully when wiped on with a cloth at low RPM. (It actually goes on beautifully with everything I've tried so far: a paper towel, synthetic or natural fan brushes, foam sponge and old tshirt.) It dries to recoat in about five minutes, yet is thin enough to level perfectly. Four easy coats in 20 minutes--most of the time without even sanding in between--leaves a durable gloss finish with a hint of amber. From there, it can be rubbed to whatever level of polish desired: from satin to gloss. . . WTF is the finish I’ve been looking for since I started turning.”

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