Re: Medieval Finishes Redux
- The point was to find a finish cleaner than waax or linseed oil that was still period.
I have done many gun stocks with a product called Linspeed it basicaly gives a fast drying finnish like boiled linseed oil.
I suspect it is just that with some japan drier in it.
ERIK ' mage
--- In email@example.com, John LaTorre <jlatorre@...> wrote:
> Regarding this issue of varnishes and such, it might be worth pointing
> out what "spar varnish" really means, and why urethane varnishes are
> well suited for it. Spar varnish must not only be tough and UV
> resistant, but it must flex as the spar flexes without developing
> cracks. Urethane varnishes do this particularly well, although you have
> the usual hassles of stripping off the original finish when refinishing
> your work. But unless your work actually flexes, like a spar or a tent
> pole or whatever, spar varnish isn't really better than any other
> varnish for outdoor use.
> We do have varnish recipes of a sort from Italian musical instrument
> makers (although not Stradivari, I'm sorry to say). Again, the finish
> wouldn't be optimum for furniture or chests, but this time for exactly
> the opposite reason. Musical instrument varnish is designed to be as
> hard as possible, to stiffen the tonewood and increase resonance. It
> isn't really designed for wear, and certainly not for moisture
> inhibition (in fact, many stringed instruments don't have the interiors
> of their soundboxes finished). So I guess we're still looking for the
> recipe for a finish that does what we expect our everyday furniture or
> tool finishes to do.
> As for "Tried and True" finishes, I've tried them and haven't had much
> luck with them. It may have been a quality control thing, but I found
> that one of the cans I opened had already oxidized to some extent. Has
> anybody else used this stuff?
> One last comment about tool finishes. I've used "Tru-Oil" which is yet
> another varnish/oil hybrid like Watco or Tried&True. The difference is
> that it's formulated mainly for gunstocks, so it expects to get a lot of
> hard handling and abuse. It's also a favored finish for guitar necks,
> which get a similar amount of skin contact. Available from your local
> gun shop.
> --Johann von Drachenfels
> West Kingdom