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Old 02-13-2010, 12:19 PM
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Default Minwax vs Varathane oil finish

I finally decided to buy some Minwax #209 natural Wood Finish to experiment with it and I compared it to the Varathane Natural Oil Finish I was already using.

I did a test on a piece of wood by using each product on each side to compare them side by side, and I must say that the result looked the same. They don't dry at the same speed and one seems thinner than the other one. But it is so small that I'm not even sure if it is true.

But in the end, I would say that they are ewquivalent, except for the smell. The Varathane stuff smells more oily, and the Minwax has an antique smell, like an antic, once applied to the wood. I must say that I event beging to like the smell of the Minwax finish. But after a few days, the carvings I applied the Varathane finish doesn't smell anything, so I expect the Minwax to be the same.

I will post a few carvings to show how I used them soon, but for now, it seems I am getting away from the BLO a bit, and adopting these finishesd.

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Default Re: Minwax vs Varathane oil finish

Assuming you're using Minwax polyurethane versus Verathane...

First, the gloss of the finish will matter.
Second, they will both seal.

My big complaint with Verathane (and I will never use it again!) is that after completing (first time I ever used it!) a whole bedroom set that was custom made... it went on display at a show, after being transported in an enclosed van, but it was raining, so the few minutes that rain dropped on the pieces, danged Verathane, left spots in the finish, that I couldn't take out at the show, and which made me even madder. Once back to the shop, and dried out for a week, still showed up like 'milk runs', and had to sand down the whole cottin'pickin'flickin' thing, and basically start over. That was several years ago, and I'm sorry Verathane guys, but I won't ever touch it again. That about killed me!!!
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Default Re: Minwax vs Varathane oil finish

Well, no, it is not the same product I was talking about.

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