Hot-Rod Your Varnish
Fast-drying, wipe-on blend builds quickly for a durable finish
Synopsis: When it comes to finding the perfect wipe-on finish, there’s nothing like homemade. At least that’s what Roland Johnson discovered when he started searching for his ultimate finish. This fast-drying oil-and-varnish blend is easy to apply by hand, stands up to wear and tear, and is easy to repair or renew. Just follow Johnson’s recipe for great results every time.
We’d all like a finish that can be applied easily by hand, stands up to the rigors of everyday use, and is easy to repair or renew. Several years ago, in my search for this Holy Grail finish, I started sampling varnishes. I rejected polyurethane because it’s hard to repair and worse to remove if a piece needs a total refinish. I narrowed my search to alkyd-based varnishes, eventually choosing Pratt & Lambert’s no. 38 clear. However, I wanted it to have more water resistance and…