Finishing Touch Let S Clear Up Some Of The Issues Around Thinning Common Wood Finishes
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Thinning Finishes Photos by Carl Duguay Depending on the type of finish you use, how you apply the finish (brush, rag or spray) and the heat and humidity levels in your shop, you may find it helpful to thin the finish to make it easier to apply and keep it from drying out too quickly.
Oil finishes (principally tung and linseed), oil/varnish blends (any product that contains a petroleum distillate such as mineral spirits), and the new crop of hardwax oils typically don't need any thinning.
They're meant to be applied in thin coats, by rag or brush.Water-based finishes are thinned with water or a commercial retarder like General Finishes Extender, which contains propylene glycol (a nontoxic compound used in the food processing industry).
All these finishes have the advantage of having low VOC (volatile organic compound) levels or none at all.However, for the more 'traditional' finishes - oil-based varnish and polyurethane, lacquer and shellac - the thinners are both toxic and highly flammable.
They affect us through the fumes we breathe in, and from contact with our skin.It's not just the short-term effects that we ought to be concerned with but also the cumulative, long-term impacts.This is especially important...