Wood Finishing: Torn Between using Seal or Varnish

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What is a sealer? A Sealer is a mixture of oils and resins as well. However, it produces low viscosity as compared to varnish, which simply means that the sealer practically penetrates in to the wood to nourish and protect not only the outside but more importantly, the inside. It is fundamental to apply three coats of sealer to wood surfaces because the initial coat will simply penetrate inside. The second coat binds with the first coat, forming a seal.  The final coat, on the other hand, provides protection from scratch, heat and water.

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Selear can be used to almost any timber wood. It can be used interior or exterior. And there are several classification of varnish that is also destined for interior and exterior temperate. Ultra-violet stabilizers are incorporated to exterior sealers to shield and guard against sunlight. Some also contain fungus and mold protectors. Before using any sealer to your outside wood, you have to make sure to check the label that the product meets all your climate and temperature conditions.

Now, pretty much we have an idea between a sealer and a varnish and it makes a significant sense as to which can be utilized for a specific project. Sealers are best recommended for any types of surface while varnish is a lot better for indoor woods where there is minimal chance of moisture or high humidity. It is best recommended for laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen cabinets.

Listed below are some tips and tricks when using sealer or varnish for wood finishing:

·         Do not wipe your brush in the inside of the tin because it adds bubbles. There is a great chance that it can spoil the finishing of your project.

·         Do not apply too little or too much. It needs to have a practice on a wood scrap so that you will get the feel of it before applying it on your desired project.

·         Use the varnish or sealer in coherence with the wood grain and work away from an edge, this time with a smoother finishing.

·         Should bugs or dirt elements spoil the wood surface while it is still not dry, just leave it there because you will just ruin the finish it you touch it. Wait until the coat is perfectly dried and use fine steel wool or the finest sand paper to sand away the blemishes.

·         You have to wait for the initial coating to perfectly dry before putting the second coating. A tacky initial coat will just simply spoil and you will have to sand everything away and begin all over again.

·         If you are eyeing an intense gloss finish, lightly sand between coats except the final coating.

Now, that’s all about it. If you follow these parameters on the first and last articles, you will achieve a perfectly beautiful project that can be a center of attraction in your home. For tips and ideas as well as inspiration for decors and furniture that you can incorporate to your home, you can visit our website shop or contact us to develop your next custom project!