Hello everyone I know it's been way too long since my last blog post, but we are going to work on that. Today I want to talk about finishes, for a long time we have used oil base polyurethane. We use to use a spar urethane for indoor out door use. That way our customers could use there products anywhere with out worries. As a wood worker I am always interested in new way on doing some things and finish is very important part of the project. I know a few woodworker who spray there finish and it looks amazing. In my finishing shop spraying oil base poly is not really an ideal place, it's right next to my house HVAC system and I see the unit having problems with fumes going through the system. Not to mention the clean up can be very messy and we have a lot of out side farm animals, so amore environmentally friendly way is more ideal. I have brushed my poly for year and it's worked pretty well, I just like the look of the spray. The hand brush gives it a nice feel though. I tried a water base product once and it freaked me out, it looked like milk and didn't bring out the reds of the eastern cedar. It made it look very dull and greyish. Shortly after that experiment I discovered that a sanding sealer before applying my finish would be more advantageous then just the Polly over raw wood. See you can always learn something new. So I seen this used on WWGA a short video by Wood worker guild of America and he turned me on to this seal coat by Zinsser. It's a no wax shellac sanding sealer and can be used with any Polly. This is important but didn't realize how much till later. So we started using this and noticed quite a difference, the quality of the finish was better and required less coats then what I use to use. Some time after that I had to go to a body shop to have an estimate for some paint work and that was a great conversation. A personal thing about me, I love the smell of a fresh painted car or truck, the smell of automotive paint triggers some fond memories from when I was a kid. No I was not huffing paint, my uncle Frank had a body shop and the smell always reminds me of him. We talked about pains and thing and he told me that most auto paint is now a water base. Shortly after that I seen Jessy James talking about a pain job he just did on some cars and was talking about water based paints and how the technology has come far. So I decided to take another look at water base Polly, it had to be indoor outdoor or I could not use it. Sure enough I found some that I was told would be great, and it wasn't bad. I made a mistake and used a water base sanding sealer and that doesn't work with eastern red cedar, it makes the pretty reds look brown and boring. So the Zinsser seal coat works best, it brings up the natural reds. So I bought a HVLP system from Wagner and it has done a really nice job. Easy clean up, easy use and good quality. I have also reduced my finishing time by 50%, so water base is my friend. I will post pictures of the products we use. Tell me what type of finish do you use in your shop. As always thanks for reading and I hope your able to take something good from this, God bless.