I keep forgetting to report on my travels; I’m still out and about giving demos. This week I’ve been down to Thameside Turners, and next week I’ll be up at Worcester Woodturners. It’s great to see so many clubs thriving again, it’s taken a while to recover from the effects of the forced closure of a few years ago. I think there have been a few casualties, but all in all, clubs have made it through to the other side, which is great, as they give so much knowledge and information.

A range of questions again this week. An unusual one asked if French Polish could be applied over Melamine Lacquer – the Compatibility Chart suggested that it couldn’t.
It’s a difficult one. Technically speaking, there’s no reason why it can’t be put over the lacquer, the real question is whether you’d want to. It’s the same reason that we don’t list Ebonising Lacquer as safe to put over Spirit Stain. It is, but it’d be an odd thing to do. French Polish is quite easy to damage, so applying it over a hard-wearing lacquer seems like a bit of a backward step, and we don’t want ‘compatibility’ to be mistaken for ‘recommended’.

In this case, it was for a restoration job; the existing surface was unknown, but suspected to be a melamine-type lacquer. Our caller prefers to use French Polish for repairs, hence the question.

Another question came in regarding Metallic Paints. These are, sadly, soon to be discontinued (expect some bargains on these at the Weekender!); but the question, and the answer, is applicable to many other products.
In this instance, the Metallic Paints had dried on the brush used for application, and the normal thinners (Reducer) wasn’t having any effect in cleaning it.
This is to be expected, once dry the normal solvent won’t touch it, but fear not, Cellulose Thinners will make short work of it. And that’s pretty much the same for most of our products once dried; if, for any reason, you need to remove them – often to clean up a spill – Cellulose Thinners will soften them up to make the job much easier. (Unless on your skin, soap, water and patience is the best option there).

And finally, for this week, one of our customers had the task of making some display mounts for medals. The only snag was, they are to be displayed on a boat, and open to the elements. What should be used? This is probably a job for a good old-fashioned yacht varnish, that should last quite a while. But this can look a bit thick and plasticky. An option from our range would be the Acrylic Gloss Lacquer; this is very tough, and usually looks a bit better than the varnish. But it’s a trade-off, it probably won’t last quite as long. Our customer is going to try it, so we’ll look forward to hearing what happens!

I finally got up to Spalding this week for a site visit at the venue for the Woodturning Weekender. I already know it well, having been there many times before, but it was very useful to check a few things, and gather some fresh information. I’ll be telling more in this week’s Sunday bulletin.

After that, I’ll be back here next Friday with more questions, have a good week,