Air quality concerns have fueled the demand for water-based finishes. They may be labeled as varnishes, polyurethanes or lacquers. In any case, water-based finishes are more user-friendly than solvent-based products because brushes and spray equipment can be cleaned up with water.

Water-based finishes provide about the same protection and durability as lacquer, with less odor and fire risk. They are also more difficult to apply. They tend to raise the wood grain, dry quickly and don't penetrate as deeply.

Water-based finishes can be brushed or sprayed. They meet higher air-quality standards than lacquer and most oil-based varnishes.

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Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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