What Are the Different Types of Varnish Finishes?

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Depending on the type of varnish you use, you will encounter significantly different quality and price. Varnishes made from pale gum are suitable for light wood finishes but often cost a lot more than traditional tinted varnishes. Additionally, some types of varnish work well for specific applications such as shellac.

Shellac Varnish

Shellac varnish is an alcohol-based varnish recognized for its effectiveness as a wall sealant or initial primer for other finishes. You may also use it as a finishing coat for wood projects. It's frequently applied as an undercoating due to its fast drying time and its ability to block both stains and odors.

Rubbing or Wiping Varnish

You apply a rubbing varnish with traditional means, then dull it by rubbing it with a fine-grit sandpaper or pumice stone. The effect is a flat, dulled finish. This finish is more appropriate for wall panels where a high-gloss finish would diminish the luster of the wood.

Flat Varnish

If you are looking for a non-gloss finish but want to avoid the effort of a rubbing varnish, flat-finish varnishes are available. This type of varnish is often more costly than other types because it requires special preparation and additives to prevent the glossing effect as the varnish dries.

Knowing the different types of varnish finishes is important for your wood working project. It will ensure that you get the effect you are hoping for. Now you're all set!