Varnishes

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by MBoy, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. MBoy

    MBoy New Member

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    Hi guys I'm a new maker and want to know if you need to varnish natural slingshots. Hope you can help out, cheers!
     
  2. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    You can varnish or laquer but dont need too. The most popular option is to oil them. Linseed, Teak or even vegtable oils are all suitable.
     

  3. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    A really great look is linseed oil then paste wax.
     
  4. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Both good answers. I'm a fan of using poly on my slingshots, but it's nothing more than personal preference. There are some finishes that mix oils and poly together such as Tung oil or a favorite of BeMahoney here on the forum, Le Tonkinois, so you get both in a single product. I've also got a product that is a mix of beeswax and orange oil that I have yet to finish a slingshot with, but on some test pieces of wood, makes for a nice finish.
     
  5. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    I've been using just oils so far for my naturals, but I've used Xylene in the past and I intend to try it soon. I have furniture in the house 12+ years old that I finished with Xylene and it still looks shiny new- even with 4 cats.

    -Wild Bill
     
  6. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    Beeswax and orange oil, serious? PM me details please! I have issues with odors giving me headache(solvents in the paste wax) but beeswax has no smell and I love orange oil's aroma.
     
  7. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Hey Withak,

    my friend! What is "Poly"? in the end? If it is a polyester resin coating, my favorite Le Tonkinois has got nothing to do with that!- Its double boiled
    linseed oil wit tung oil..
    And it´so interesting to me because if mixed with "Gelomat" (1/1), the
    result is a super-matte oil coating which is "bulletproof" against
    moisture..

    just look at the sling I posted in the "Rascal" thread, to me this coating
    just does it!- max. protection with max. remaining wood haptics!

    Greetings,

    Le Be
     
  8. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Okay, PM'd you Dolo, but I'll post a link here anyway as well. It's called Howards Feed N Wax - a mix of beeswax, carnuba wax and orange oil. It smells really nice, but does contain a petroleum product, just FYI.

    http://www.howardproducts.com/prod-feed-n-wax.php

    Le Be - my apologies! I have slandered the good name of Le Tonkinois! When I say poly, I mean polyurethane, which is NOT in LeT. According to the website (US) it is a varnish oil made with tung and linseed oil. Allow me to stand corrected good sir ;) There was another product I was thinking of that combined polyurethane (poly) with oil.
     
  9. MBoy

    MBoy New Member

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    Thanks mate realy helpfull!
     
  10. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    that one makes my day, so far, just stopped laughing!

    And thank you very much for the link you posted- that one looks really
    interesting! BTW,I bought some epoxi (3kg) the other day :) and some interesting heavy paper!- Where will this all lead to?..

    Best wishes to Oregon, my friend!

    Be
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013
  11. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    I know where you're going with that - can't wait to see the results! Glad I could make you laugh :) Greetings back to Germany!
     
  12. 4foruglenncoco

    4foruglenncoco Member

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    I poly coat mine with 3 coats then another coat of mine ax poly
     
  13. Ghosth

    Ghosth Over the hill but still swinging!

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    The orange oil + beeswax looks like a great product. I had a friend turn me onto walnut oil + beeswax years ago. Basically just heat up some beeswax to liquid, add equal quantity of walnut oil. It ends up being a kind of a waxy paste. Rub it in (I often use a bit of heat to help it penetrate) It dries to a naturally hard protective finish.
     
  14. MBoy

    MBoy New Member

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    Same to you, good luck :)