Who is the manufacturer of the "tung" oil/ poly finish that DJM so proudly
slathers on everything?
I would recognize (back of) the can if I ever saw it, but I've never seen
anything remotely resembling it in a woodworking store. It is supposedly
Although I usually use a "sam maloof" type mixture for those applications, I
am mildly interested because I have been archiving DJM's show off DVR onto
DVD and have seen the (back of) can a number of times here lately.
Thanks ... as I've yet to hear him mention the application of two different
products/finishes, that clears up the mystery of how he gets that consistent
appearance from piece- to-piece with his proverbial "4 or 5 coats of tung
oil" or "hand rubbed oil finish" that he repeats like a mantra at the end of
I've bought General Finishes products, but have not used the clear Arm R
Seal and did not recognize the back of the can I've seen in some segments
(he usually has it in a jar) as a GF product.
I wonder if Arm R Seal holds up its appearance over the years better than
what I consider a more traditional "hand rubbed oil finish", a la the sam
maloof type, which tends to dull over time unless reapplied periodically?
I've been using the Prelude line for years and been quite happy with
it...turns out it's a GF product also. Don't know when it happened,
but either (1) GF stopped making it, (2) they can't sell it in
California anymore (which has happened with many other products), or
(3) Rockler just quit carrying it. We'll see how this "new" stuff
On Mon, 30 May 2005 07:47:30 -0500, the inscrutable "Swingman"
My froe handle has 4 coats of Waterlox on it. It looks the same now as
it did 5 years ago when I built it. (4 or 5 uses plus bouncing around
in the shop for half a decade. ;)
"Protection" is highly overrated (a buzzword) and 95% of your projects
will never need anything nearly as tough as a poly/urethane (plastic)
finish. Improperly applied (as most poly is) it looks like the piece
has been wrapped in Saran.
If you turn the United States on its side,
everything loose will fall to California.
The following is from DJ Marks website under faqs.
I have tried various methods of mixing linseed oil and tung oil in the past,
but since the mid 80's I've been using a product called Seal-A-Cell and
Arm-R-Seal made by the General Finishes Company and available through mail
order as well as from Woodcraft.
Since doing the first six seasons of Woodworks, this finish has been
improved and no longer has the make-up stated in the show. I use two
products starting with a sealer and finishing with a top coat. Company
representatives state the sealer (which is clear but also available in
different colored stains) is a blend of modified linseed oil, oil modified
urethane, and alkyd resin, and dryers. The topcoat I use is called
Arm-R-Seal and is now an oil modified urethane with dryers. The Arm-R-Seal
is available in gloss, semi gloss, and satin.
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