Friday, 7 February 2020

It's been a little while

Someone asked if I could show the results of varnishing number 26 with the Grass Tree Resin varnish.  Today I rubbed out the cured varnish...this varnish being made to the recipe I previously published.  Last year I brushed on about 10 thin coats of the mixture with a camel hair brush then padded on more layers French Polish-style using Walnut Oil as a lubricant.  This was to try and level the finish as the brush left a bit of unevenness.

I waited a few weeks for the final finish to cure then today rubbed it back first, with 0 steel wool.  Then I rubbed it with 0000 steel wool.  I used a fair bit of elbow grease.  Then I rubbed it again with Tripoli powder mixed with mineral oil and beeswax until I had removed the scratches caused by the steel wool.  Once again I used a lot of elbow grease.  Then I rubbed it with Turtle Wax Scratch-and-Swirl Remover using elbow grease.  Then finally i finished it with Meguiar's Show Car Glaze. 

I got a great shine!!  Not quite a mirror but nearly there.  I love this varnish and will certainly use it again.  It's a glorious red but doesn't cure as quickly as Shellac alone, one thing to be aware of when using my recipe.  It's also VERY time-consuming.  I'm sure I'll be experimenting more with application methods for this varnish but the recipe seems to work pretty well, for me anyway.  Please note, if you want an easy finish this recipe is not for you!  But if you like the idea of doing everything yourself and want something different then give it a try...and if you live where Grass Trees grow

you can even gather the Grass Tree Resin yourself!