Varnish protects wood from scratches and stains with a polyurethane coating. It's typically used over stains but can be used alone on clean wood.
Things You'll Need
- Pollen/dust Masks
Look at the two-part mixes for extra durability. These types are ideal for wood flooring.
Decide whether you want a matte, satin or gloss finish.
Choose exterior-grade varnish for the best water resistance. Marine grade is designed to resist salt as well.
To color the workpiece while protecting it, look for colored varnishes.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider cold-cure lacquers if your project calls for a very glossy clear, black or white finish. This type is extremely durable and can be used on floors.
- Be careful with varnishes - they're very flammable. Use them in well-ventilated areas, and wear gloves and a face mask when applying them.
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