Well I don’t know where the year is going! It’s already Easter, and apparently it’s late this year as well, which somehow makes it even worse.Although it’s nice in some ways to put some distance between now and the last couple of years.
I hope you have a great Easter, maybe some extra time for woodworking, or perhaps some family time. Or maybe just a chance to take it easy. If you’re working, I hope it’s enjoyable.
A slightly different start to the Q&A today…
This week I want to deal with a couple of things that I see on the internet and hear people say. People have asked me about them from time to time, are they true? And the answer is NO! Let’s do a bit of mythbusting…
The first one is that all finishes are food safe once they are dry. It’s beyond me how anyone can think this is the case. I’ve written at length in the past that there’s no proper test for food safety for coatings for timber. How I wish there was. But logic would suggest that if all products are food safe, they would also be toy safe – if you can store, prepare and eat food from them, stuff you actually ingest, then it shouldn’t matter if a child licks or chews them. (Remembering, of course, that nothing for children should be small enough for them to put in their mouth and potentially swallow or, probably worse, choke on). So what’s the point of having a test (the EN71 Part 3 regulations) that covers this? Answer; because not all coatings are toy safe, so they simply can’t be food safe!
Also, have you ever walked into a house and smelled fresh paint? Whilst not always unpleasant, there’s a definite odour. Coatings planned for food contact should have an organoleptic test – basically, to make sure that they don’t taint food, by either changing their smell or the taste.
(Our Food Safe Finish is a pharmaceutical grade oil with no taste or smell).
So, it’s always best to check the claims being made, and exactly how they are backed up.
The second myth is about used abrasive. The saying goes that a worn grit then cuts like the next finer one – ‘old 240 grit cuts like 320 grit’. Nope! Old 240 grit cuts like blunt 240 grit!
A 240 grit abrasive has a certain size abrasive grain on it; think of it like this:
But after use, it ends up like this:
So, instead of cutting the surface, the flats just skate across it, doing very little. Obvious when you think about it!
And I’ll finish with a question.Initially it concerned Food Safe Finish, and how easy it is to apply a second/third coat if the previous one was applied some time ago. The good news is that, as long as the surface is clean and dry, another coat can be put on at pretty much any time. This is true for all of our oils, which means that maintenance is very easy. Even on outdoor furniture, a quick clean back (maybe a scrub with a wire brush) to remove any unwanted foliage, and another coat can be put on pretty much straight away. Just in case you wanted to do some work in the garden this weekend!
And that’s everything for this week, thanks for sticking through to the end and reading this. Well, I hope you have!
I’ll be back next week with more of the same, I hope you’ll join me then. Until then, enjoy the long weekend! We’ll be trying to settle a new rescue cat into the household, fingers crossed it goes smoothly.
All the best