>I've seen what alcohol can do to furniture finishes.
The only furniture finishes that are soluble in alcohol are wax and
shellac. Lacquer, once fully dried, is not dissolved or even softened by
alcohol. Varnishes (such as polyurethane) are not affected by either
alcohol or lacquer thinner. That's basically how you can identify an
unknown finish that needs repair: Find an inconspicuous spot and try some
alcohol on it - if it softens, then it's shellac. If not, try some lacquer
thinner - if that softens it, then the finish is lacquer; if not, it's
>There's a reason why Ashley Furniture a few years back started advertising
>the use of a new alcohol resistant finish on their bedroom furniture.
And that reason would be... marketing. Lacquers and varnishes are hardly
>BTW the leather bottles that I was talking about still reeked of solvent.
Then the finish had not fully dried/cured, had it?
As Bob Flexner used to constantly tell people, ALL common wood finishes are
safe once fully cured. Especially epoxies - if they are mixed in the
correct proportions and allowed to fully cure (give it at least a week and
preferably a month), they are inert.
There is probably more misinformation and paranoia over wood finish
toxicity than any other single subject I can think of. Let's not
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