Varathane Aerosol Spray Finish - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

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By Rob Brown

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Varathane Aerosol Spray Finish



I use a number of different finishes to protect and enhance the custom furniture I make. Usually I apply a finish by hand, wiping it on with a clean cloth or brush­ing it on with a quality natural brush. Sometimes the project I’m finishing is small and has many different angles and surfaces, making it tricky and time consum­ing to wipe or brush a finish on properly. That’s when a fully-fledged spray system would come in handy, yet for a smaller project they’re too time consuming to set up beforehand and clean afterwards. After searching for a better option, I picked up these aerosol spray cans from Varathane to see if they would fill in where my brush left off. They come ready to spray and there’s no clean up, making finishing a project a lot faster and easier. And to tell you the truth, when the finish dries, it looks much smoother than when applied by hand. Available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss, these cans apply a very durable finish that will stand up to decades of use. Although it’s possible to finish a large project like a dining table or armoire, I think the best use for this handy product is on small to medium sized projects. Even if you apply a few coats of this finish by brush on a larger piece (it’s also available in half pints, quarts and gallons – all non-sprayable) then apply the final coat by aerosol spray can, I think you’ll like what you see. You may even look for­ward to the finishing process!

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