I am wondering what experience the wreck has with some of the earth
friendly finishes on the market?
I have used some of the products available from BioShield with great
success. My only hesitation about them is that they are quite steep,
but it was nice to have the shop smelling like citrus oil, rather than
some possibly harmful chemical.
What other experiences have peeps had?
Yep, I use the ethanol, too. I started using it because I have young kids
and didn't want the heavy chemicals around. Now I like it because it's
faster and because it's more forgiving (e.g., I can rework it after I goof
The hardest thing for me is getting the mix of alcohol, shellac, and oil
correct so that it goes on right. I have yet to be able to generate the
"vapor trail" thing that's mentioned in the books.
Enduro makes a waterbased poly and enamel that
spray nicely and the gun clean up with water is
really nice. Google "Compliant Air", they sell
HVLP guns, finishes and a water based grain
filler that works pretty well.
They're equally environmentally friendly when used and disposed of properly.
If you live in a smog sinkhole, it's obviously more important to limit some
forms of evaporatives.
Most people are real concerned about the use, and never consider the
manufacture, however. That's done somewhere else, like downwind of a busy
Earth-friendly is one of those things that are difficult to judge; some
very nice friendly things are made in horrible ways, or require
excessive energy, etc.
Anyway, for a finish that is non-toxic to use, doesn't smell bad, is
find to rub on with my bare hands and should be at least somewhat
earth-friendly, I use Tried & True. And it makes the wood look
wonderful. It is a bit expensive, but negligable compare to the cost of
the wood (unless you are using it on pine, not such a good idea anyway).
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