Wiping Varnish: The Only Finish You’ll Ever Need
Wipe it on for a low-luster look or brush it on for a higher sheen
Synopsis: Searching for a silky smooth, low-luster finish that lets the beauty of the wood shine through? Try wiping varnish. Michael Pekovich says it gives the durability and flawless look he wants, along with easy application. This versatile finish is thin enough to wipe on, but dries hard even when applied in thicker coats. Start here to learn which brand he prefers, and follow his simple steps for fast, dependable results.
From Fine Woodworking #218
For me, the ideal finish for handmade furniture is a silky smooth, low-luster finish that lets the beauty of the wood shine through. Over the years, I’ve tried countless products and techniques trying to achieve this look. Some required elbow grease and homemade concoctions. Some took weeks to apply. Some looked great at first only to fade over time.
Finally, I’ve found a finish that gives me the durability and flawless look I want along…