Fumeless varnish?


Old 12-14-09, 12:13 PM
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Question Fumeless varnish?

Is there such a thing as varnish or other treatment that does not have dangerous fumes? I'd like to do some work in my shop this winter, but it's too cold to varnish finished projects outside. Thanks.
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Old 12-14-09, 01:50 PM
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Look into water based polyurethanes.Because they are not solvent based potential fume issues will be less.Look for terms like "low voc" or even "no voc".
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One thing to remember about using a water based poly/varnish is it doesn't change the color of the wood any like oil base does. Oil base poly/varnish will deepen the colors already in the wood, it will also amber some with age. Waterbase does neither, it goes on milky but dries clear. Generally water base doesn't have as tough a finish as oil base.

If you decide you must use an oil base finish, you might want to invest in a good respirator

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I have a fan mounted in a window and a source for cold air at the other end of the room. Works well for sanding(dust control), as well as using solvent based products.
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