Finish Options For Your DIY Projects

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What Is Varnish?

Varnishes come in many different types of ingredients and durability levels, as well as interior, exterior, and varieties for use in water. The majority of varnishes are applied with a brush. Some are simple to apply and very vulnerable to dust. Others provide a beautiful, durable, and deep finish, but they require a dust-free atmosphere and a more thorough application process.

What Is The Difference Between Varnish and Lacquer?

Lacquers are the most common finish seen when you go to your local furniture store. The finishes are easy to apply and dry very fast. The resulting appearance can be thin or “deep” built-up coats, and they can be rubbed out at the end of the application process, although this is not necessary. However, damaged lacquer finishes are more difficult to fix.

So What Is Shellac?

Shellac comes from a substance that the lac beetle secretes. It’s not toxic and completely purified beforehand. It’s dissolved in alcohol and brushed on, or it can be padded on with an application style known as “French Polish.”

To avoid impurities, a dust-free environment is required for brush applications. Multiple layers and sanding are required, as well as adjusted the final coat to your desired level of shine with steel wool. The downside is that if waxing is not enough to repair a shellac finish, it is extremely difficult to do. Another disadvantage is that since it is dissolved in alcohol, spilling a drink could cause major damage.

What Is The Point Of Using Different Types Of Finish?

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to furniture finishes. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and should be used according to your needs. Finishes that can be easily fixed are generally less durable, but those that are more hardy will take more skill and time to repair.

How To Care For A Finish?

The majority of finishes will show some wear and tear after a period of time. Wax is an excellent way to keep your piece in top condition. An overabundance of wax can result in a smeared coating, but you can correct this using solvent and an abundance of caution. Be sure to not leave any spills on the surface of your piece because wax can cause spots. It’s possible that you’ll have to wax the entire piece to balance out the shine.


Hopefully after reading this, you have a more solid understanding of the different types of finishes you can use for your next DIY project in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always, if you need quality lumber for your project, or just advice on the best practices, contact us today!