Finishing With CA Glue

Finishing with Glue

Hard, clear, waterproof … even reversible with the right solvent. These are four of the most important properties of a finish. Like any finish, CA glue requires careful technique for it to be applied successfully.

I first discovered the idea of using CA glue as a finish while searching for a more durable finish for turned items subject to high wear. I found that the finishes marketed towards woodturners work quickly to build a gloss finish but aren’t as durable as I wanted.

There are many different application methods, each suited for specific situations. Regardless of which method you use, you will end up with a resilient finish. Once the finish is applied, rub it out to achieve either a wet look or a finish as matte as bare wood. For a gloss finish use 2 or 3 coats and 4 to 5 coats for a satin finish. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use.

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