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Finishing oak with finesse

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Gloss water-based finish

Gloss water-based finish

Finish Pros

  • Good clarity, no yellowing of wood
  • Easy to apply
  • Good moisture resistance
  • Good durability
  • Good for the environment
  • Water cleanup
  • Fast-drying; projects can be fully finished in one day

Finish Cons

  • Hard to repair
  • Difficult to polish
  • Mechanical bond only
  • Gives oak a "cold" appearance

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Finishing Techniques

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