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A Few Details You Need to Know About Finish Materials


Lacquers (both pre-catalyzed and regular lacquers) and polyurethanes dry by the evaporation of the solvents in the finish.  If a solvent is reintroduced to the finish after it is dry, the finish will re-wet and be ruined.


Conversion varnish finishes are a 2 part finish consisting of a varnish and an acid catalyst that are mixed together immediately prior to the application.  This finish cures through a chemical reaction between the catalyst and the finish.  The reintroduction of a solvent will not re-wet the finish.


Conversion varnish offers superior clarity, water ,chemical and abrasion resistance when compared to lacquers and polyurethanes.


Conversion varnish finishes are more difficult to apply, cost more, and excess finish material must be disposed of as it only has an 8 hour life after catalyzation.


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Stain with glaze.

This utilizes a stain with a complementing glaze to bring more depth and texture to carvings and moldings.


Antique solid color with glaze.

Solid color base coat with glaze.  This can be done with or without physical distressing.

Several options for base and glaze colors.


Pigmented conversion varnish. (painted finish)

Black, white, or custom tinted to your color sample.

Stain and clear conversion varnish.

Pick from several standard colors, or we will custom match to your sample.

  Finish Options

All our finishes utilize conversion varnish finish materials.

Conversion varnish is a non-yellowing 2 part finish in which a catalyst causes a chemical reaction to create a finish with superior water and chemical resistance when compared to lacquer or pre-catalyzed lacquer.

















Antique painted with rub through to expose wood beneath.