Arm-R-Seal


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I have yet to try Arm-R-Seal on any project, but it is the overwhelming forum favorite.  Any reason not to use it on a turned bowl?  I was thinking I would pick up a can and try it.

Thus far we have been using bees wax and like the look.   I see a lot of people using danish oil and I have some General Finishes Gel (clear) to use up.  

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No reason not to but I'd apply at turtle speed then leave it alone. In other words don't treat it as a friction polish because it will tack up and get streaky with a quickness. I prefer other finishes for turnings personally.

 

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9 minutes ago, thatCharlieDude said:

I've been using their salad bowl finish, haven't tried ARS yet, but the salad bowl finish is dead simple to use and applies well on the lathe. 

@croessler Nice looking cedar bowl there! :)

Thanks for the compliment. I like salad bowl and Arm-r-Seal. They both go on so easy it's not even funny. 

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44 minutes ago, AceHoleInOne said:

Why not try General Finishes water-based Wood Turners Finish. Works great adds an amber tone like an oil, best of all it drys fast.

 

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Cause we want to catch try them all!  I like having a variety of choices on my shelf.  I may start off doing a project with one thing in mind, and as the piece takes shape, I may change the direction I want it to go.  More often than not, I have to let the piece tell me what it wants to end up as. 

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With the salad bowl finish (yes, I'm hijacking this thread). I apply a thin coat with a rag while the bowl is chucked but the lathe is off. I let it soak in for about a minute and then I turn on the lathe and go over the bowl with my wet rag until it looks like the finish is starting to dry. Then I turn off the lathe and let the piece sit until dry then I  sand with 0000 steel wool and then repeat the process. 

It sounds like the ARS process is a little different, is arm-r-seal thicker than the salad bowl finish? How shiny is the finish? The salad bowl finish is pretty glossy. 

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