Varnishes, lots and lots of kinds of varnishes,
finishes for wood. I’m Robert Markey and I have been doing carpentry for a long time
and we are going to talk about wood varnishes. The main issue on choosing a wood varnish
is where it is going to go. If it’s going to go outside or if it is going to go inside.
If it is going on the floor or on the cabinet, if it is going to go on a piece of furniture.
If it is outside it wants to be basically a spar varnish and it is a urethane and that
will last for a long time in the weather. The issue is the ultraviolet rays of the sun
on a spar varnish you don’t have a lot of room to move on that it will degrade over
time but that is going to be your best option. When you are inside if it is a floor you are
going to use a floor varnish made especially for floors because they are very very hard
so it will be a floor varnish. They tend to dry pretty quick so you can get the job done
so you don’t have to be off your floors for a week and much harder than the regular varnish.
The other kind of thing you could use is a shellac which is something for picture frames
or something that is not going to get touched, definitely not going to get wet. It is very
easy to put on, dries very fast, beautiful beautiful finish. It won’t sustain water damage
and it is very easy to refinish. There are also many many other kinds of refinish. There
are also many many other kinds of materials. There are things that aren’t quite varnishes
that you can use outdoors like a wood preservative and some of them have some glossy not so glossy
kind of finish to them. That is actually the other issue you want to think about is gloss,
matte or semi gloss in any of these depending on what the final finish look that you want
is. I’m Robert Markey. We’ve been talking about varnishes.