In this article, we are going to talk about the use and how-tos of Boysen clear wood varnishes.
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A Guide to Boysen Wood Varnishes
Varnishes are clear transparent films that you apply over any type of interior wood (furniture, store fixtures, cabinets, doors, and panels) to help you achieve your desired sheen finish while keeping the wood’s natural tones and grains. It has high softening and good solvent release, making it a fast-drying coating. Additionally, it helps protect the wood from cuts and scratches and provides excellent water repellence.
Boysen has four different wood varnishes you can choose from, namely:
- Boysen Clear Gloss Lacquer B-1250– a nitrocellulose, solvent-based, high gloss lacquer varnish finish that dries to a hard durable film.
- Boysen Clear Dead Flat Lacquer B-1253– a nitrocellulose, solvent-based, flat lacquer varnish finish that dries to a hard durable film. Its high build properties make it superior for furniture, fixtures, and other woodworks.
- Boysen Water White Clear Gloss Lacquer B-1258– the highest grade clear gloss lacquer for a durable finishing for interior woodwork. Its properties enhance the natural grain of the wood.
- Boysen Spar Varnish B-58 – a clear, alkyd-type, glossy varnish that dries to a hard durable film without obliterating the natural appearance of wood.
Varnishers happen to be the most skilled applicators in the field. This is why you have to be diligent in the painting process and do your research if you’re going to do it yourself. If necessary, ask a professional for help. Check out our contact numbers at the end of this article.
How to Use Boysen Wood Varnishes
First things first, you must prepare the surface. If nails are sticking out, make sure to hammer it down deep enough to apply wood filler later on. Sand rough surfaces until the wood is smooth to the touch and then clean up by wiping and dusting off the dirt. Remember that the surface should be clean and dry before painting. Follow the step by step guide here.
If repainting, check the condition of the wood first before proceeding with the process. Always check the products’ compatibility. Mixing two different types of products (e.g. oil-based and water-based) may cause problems with adhesion, quality, and longevity. When in doubt, just scrape off the existing coating. Check out this article for an in-depth explanation about repainting wooden surfaces.
Before moving on to the proper painting schedule, here’s an overview of each products’ features and technicalities you need to know before choosing which one to use.
To achieve your desired finish, follow the Boysen-suggested painting schedule. You can choose to start with Boysen Oil Wood Stain. Now, this is optional. Some people want to stain the surface to accent the natural color of the wood. The choice is yours. For B-1250, B-1253, and B-1258, seal the surface using Boysen Lacquer Sanding Sealer B-1254 and then lightly sand the surface repeating the process until you get the desired smoothness before you apply the final coating. Sealers help give the wood a smooth, even surface for easy topcoat application.
Pro-tip: One common defect that you can encounter when using lacquer-based varnish is moisture blushing. It is when the finish turns into milky white rather than a clear, water-like film. To prevent this, add 10% by volume of Boysen Lacquer Flo B-1205 to the ready-to-use mixture.
Apply your chosen topcoat using a spray gun in a consistent back and forth manner to avoid paint runs. Allow 30 minutes drying time for B-1250, B-1253, and B-1258 and 12 hours for B-58 before recoating. You can breathe in the fresh air outside of the work area as you wait. The number of recoats depends on your desired finish.
One more thing, make sure to keep yourself safe by wearing a face mask all throughout the paint job. You got this!
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