I’m back, and feeling refreshed from my holiday. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy holiday, and also to those who missed the Newsletter so much that they were driven to write or see us at the Newark show. It’s great that the Newsletter is enjoyed by so many of the Chestnuteers – although it’s a lesson to make sure all of it is read. I did warn you all that I’d be away. I’d hate to think that anyone missed any of their Friday treats because they hadn’t had their reminder of what day it was!

Do you remember the start of the year? I (some would say bravely) asked readers to say what they’d change about Chestnut Products. One of the suggestions was that we should introduce a Wipe-On Polyurethane to our range. This has taken a while to bring to fruition, including playing around with formulations, testing, and getting labels created. But, eventually, we were able to launch this new product at the Newark show last week, to a very positive reception.

Whilst water-based, it’s still quick drying, usually with ten minutes, although longer should be allowed before overcoating. Polyurethanes are highly water-resistant, and have more flexibility than lacquers, making them ideal for items that might get small knocks during use. This flexibility also means that extra coats can be applied, up to five if required.

Wipe-On Poly is available in Gloss or Satin, in 500ml bottles. Other sizes will be added soon.

A caller asked about the best way to clean Cellulose Sanding Sealer off of their hands; they make very small items, and holding them and applying the sealer can be a messy business! The solvent for Cellulose Sanding Sealer is, of course, Cellulose Thinners. But, the advice for most solvents like this is that they shouldn’t be used directly onto the skin, and it will cause it to dry out and can cause problems. Instead, soap and water – lots of it – will remove the sealer and most other things. A beaded cleanser is even better, if one is available.

Finally, for this week, we were contacted by someone making a landing net for trout fishing. They wanted to make it black, and asked if the Ebonising Lacquer would be suitable.

The Ebonising Lacquer is a pretty tough product, and has a high level of water resistance. I’m reluctant to call anything waterproof, but given that the net will only be immersed in water for short periods of time, I’d say that it would last pretty well.

The real danger with it comes if any water gets under it, as this will cause the wood to swell and push the lacquer off. So, total coverage is important.
A coat or two of Acrylic Gloss (or Satin) Lacquer could be applied over the top for added protection, but even with this the finish is likely to fail eventually. I’d expect it to give many years use, though, before that happens.

I mentioned the Newark show earlier, it was great to see so many people there, enjoying the show. Thanks to everyone who came up and chatted to us, and apologies to anyone who wanted to talk to us but couldn’t get near the stand. We were swamped at times, and whilst we’re not complaining about that, we understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to get some information about our products.

It’s been a busy week (holiday, what holiday?), I’ll tell you more about that soon.

See you in seven days