The model airplane (aeroplane for the Brits) business developed
a heat shrink, sticky backed plastic film for covering wings
etc.. Stuff isn't soluble in alcohol, gas, white gas or a little
nitro. Conforms to smooth curves as well as flats and sticks
"like glue". Heat gun it or iron it on and you're done. Comes in
translucent or opaque.
The translucent version seems like it'd still let the grain
show, albeit as if under 30 coats of shellac. Seems like
this could be a great finish for some kids furniture - it
comes in some pretty bright colors - even Day-Glo. Any
one try this stuff - on furniture?
Priced dewaxed shellac lately? Ever french polished a
top - with 8 or 10 applications?
How much is your time worth? When you figure the cost of
the finish, the time to prep the surface, time between coats,
the prep for the next coat,the rubbing out when you're done...
And try finding a semi- transparaent high gloss finish - in
bright yellow, or red or blue, to say nothing of Day-Glo/
International Orange - well ...
I'm thinking of a cherry ply top that's going to be framed
anyway - 30 minutes, including iron on time for $10 or
even $20 seems cost effective. Repairing it would be a
PITA but hey - it's quick, fairly durable and high gloss.
A light rub with steel wool and you've got semi-gloss.
Won't pop the grain but no finish does it all and none
Priced dewaxed shellac lately?
This from a woodworker - with a few bucks wrapped up
in tools and more in wood? Never could understand how some
guys could stand perfectly straight and almost motionless
while doing some amazing airobatics with their planes?
I'd be out there body englishing all over the place to the
point where people would drop coins in my hat and
mumble something about how hard it must be for "someone
like him" to even get the plane off that ground, let alone
fly it once it was up. If I could work some facial contortions
and a little drooling for effect, I could collect enough to
pay for gas and maybe a new prop or two : )
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