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    I am making tree ornaments and am wanting to keep them natural so I am dipping them in lemon oil. So, which spray on finish would you use? There are so many (gloss,clear,satin, ultra satin,etc), but too costly to try them all, so I am wanting advice and opinions from you experienced scrollers out there.

    Tony,aka,Toneman

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    Are you thinking to spray after the lemon oil has dried or instead of the lemon oil?

    One advise is to not use any of the "gloss" finishes. The higher the gloss and more they will highlight any scratches or blade marks. For tree ornaments, I would think that a satin would be fine.

    Go with a water based finish, everyone in your house will thank you.

    If they have flat exterior surfaces, try skipping the spray and using a wax instead. A lot of better furniture is finished with BLO (boiled linseed oil) and then wax. BLO (probably like lemon oil) can take more than a week to dry before the wax stage. There are a number of easy ways to buff the wax after it has dried. I use a Surbuf pad that is hook and loop which goes on my ROS (Random Orbital Sander).
    Buy 5-1 2 Buffing Pads (2) at Woodcraft

    Two people advised me to buy Briwax couple years ago and it does work well. But the new recommendation seems to be Mylands for ease of application and buffing out.
    Buy Clear Wax at Woodcraft
    Steve.
    EX-16, DW-788, Dremel 1680

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    • #3
      For my lemon oil dips I use Deft Satin, I usually wait a day or so before applying.
      Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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      • #4
        Spay lacquer

        Hi,
        I use a quick drying spray lacquer over lemon oil. Dip in oil then allow the oil to dry overnight. Follow with a couple of coats of the lacqer. I usually denib with an abrasive before the last coat of lacqer. This will give a satin finish. The more coats of lacquer you apply, the more glossy it becomes.
        Hope this helps.

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        • #5
          Thank ya'll so much and I really appreciate the advice and opnions I get from this forum family! Could not learn without ya'll.

          Tony,aka,Toneman

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