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    talk to me about hypoallergenic finishes

    hi all
    I've been making eye glasses and finishing them with Salad Bowl Finish. Looks great, guaranteed to be completely non-toxic when cured, they use it to finish wood toys, so I don't have to worry about it irritating anyone's face. But it smells like finish which is something I'd like to avoid.

    Here's what I'm looking for:
    • hypoallergenic/non-toxic
    • minimal "finish" look
    • protects the wood from face's oils
    • minimal odor
    • clear


    any suggestions?

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    Hi,
    Shellac or Seal Coat (which is de-waxed shellac). I do not know about hypoallergenc as far as skin goes. However, they do coat pills, chocolate candies and a bunch of other stuff with it. It stays clear. It is easy to apply. If damaged by a scrape, abrasion, etc., it is very easily repaired (wipe it with DNA). It does not yellow.

    Check it out on the web. Glenn uses it a lot and is more familiar with it than I am.

    I have never tried it but I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't repair an abrasion with a soft cloth and whiskey.

    I'm not sure it is worth 2 cents, but that's my 2 cents worth.

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    I'd suggest using a water-based polyurethane. It will be more durable, it'll also be non-toxic when cured*, and it won't have the "finish" smell that oil based polys (like Salad Bowl Finish) do. Personally, I'd not use shellac. Although it's non-toxic when cured, it's not as durable as poly. Also, I suspect skin oils would shorten it's life even more.




    * In my opinion (and I realize some will disagree), the "non-toxic" aspect of Salad Bowl Finish is nothing more than marketing. Virtually all modern film finishes are non-toxic when cured. As far as I can tell, the only difference between Salad Bowl Finish and regular oil-based poly (that's been thinned) is that the manufacturer has paid some lab somewhere to test it and certify that it's non-toxic.
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    thanks for the insight. Being from Milwaukee, I'm going to try out some General Finishes water-based poly tomorrow.

    lot of good info on this site, but also a lot of really good avatars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Rickun View Post
    thanks for the insight. Being from Milwaukee, I'm going to try out some General Finishes water-based poly tomorrow.

    lot of good info on this site, but also a lot of really good avatars.
    Does that mean that you like the pic of me after my first airplane ride? (1929).

    Enjoy,
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