Convenient and easy to use, aerosols now offer better technology and more finish options
Synopsis: This primer on aerosol finishes dispels many widely held myths. It discusses the availability and quality of a variety of spray finishes: varnish, lacquer, stains, toners, water-based finishes, and precatalyzed finishes. Professional finisher Chris Minick compares the lasting qualities of aerosol lacquer and varnish with brush-ons, and he gives explicit directions for applying all types of aerosol finishes with safe and even results.
From Fine Woodworking #162
No doubt about it; I am a confirmed finishing junkie. My finishing arsenal consists of a bevy of expensive brushes, half a dozen spray guns and more cans of finish than I care to count. It may seem odd, given my well-stocked shop, that my weapon of choice for finishing small projects is usually the common and much maligned aerosol spray can.
Aerosol finishes aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days of sputtering low-tech paints. They’ve been replaced with professional-quality…