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TIP: Conversion Varnish Application Issues

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TIP: Conversion Varnish Application Issues

Conversion varnish, also called catalyzed varnish, is the most protective and durable finish commonly available to amateurs and small shops. In industry it is often used on office furniture and kitchen cabinets. The finish is supplied in two parts: the finish itself, and an acid catalyst that has to be added just before application to make the finish cure properly. Conversion varnish thins with xylene, toluene or a related solvent specified by the manufacturer. You can usually find conversion varnish at distributors or stores that cater to professionals. The trade off for the added performance is greater application difficulty.The catalyst has to...

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