How To Use Hampshire Sheen

These How-To Guides have been written by Hampshire Sheen developer Martin Saban-Smith to address some of the most common questions we get asked and see on social media from new users of the products.

Also downloadable as single A4 pages, the guides contain information on our recommended application methods and hints and tips on improving your finishing in general although other application methods may also work. They are not intended to replace instruction from an experienced user. Always read the labels on the products and take note of any safety warnings.

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Professional Clear Gloss Lacquer

Our Professional Clear Gloss Lacquer has been specially formulated to produce a deep gloss finish for interior or exterior projects in just two to four coats.
Dry and handleable in 10 to 20 minutes under normal conditions, it is possible to produce glass-like finishes within hours of application. Drying time may vary depending on ambient temperature and humidity.

For a simple gloss finish, two coats will generally be enough over a properly sealed surface. Use our Professional Sealer Spray for best results. For a glass-like finish, we recommend at least four coats and then polish with pastes and creams.
Overcoat with our Microcrystalline Wax for a smooth feeling and fingerprint resistant top coat.
Use in combination with our Intrinsic Colour Collection, sealers, oils and waxes to create your own finishing regime. Coverage: 1.25 – 1.75m2 per 400ml.

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Basic Application

  1. Sand your work down to at least 400 grit and ensure surface is free from dust, grease and moisture;
  2. Prepare the surface with a suitable sealer and ensure it has fully dried.
  3. Shake can with the cap on for at least two minutes before use. Protect lathe and surfaces;
  4. Avoid breathing spray – Use appropriate PPE and use in a well ventilated area;
  5. Apply light coats 200mm from the piece, giving time for the lacquer to dry between coats. Two to four coats is usually sufficient;
  6. Lightly cut back the lacquer between dry coats for an even finish;
  7. Under normal conditions, this Professional Lacquer can be mechanically buffed in under 3 hours.
  8. For a glass-like finish, use abrasive pastes and creams according to manufacturers instructions.
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Pro Finishing Tips

  • For a glass-like lacquer finish, do not expect a quick process. It takes time and patience!
  • A poorly sealed surface will require more lacquer to cover it. Ensure you seal your piece properly!
  • Apply with the lathe stationary. Is normal for lacquers to look a bit like orange peel. This will even out during further application.
  • For best results, cut the surface back after every 2 or coats to even out the orange peel look. Use 400 grit paper or a soft abrasive pad.
  • Each coat should lightly cover the entire surface. Too much, and the product will not lay evenly.
  • If you get a run through applying too much, allow it to dry completely, then sand that area back or cut it all off and start again before reapplying.
  • When cured, and for a glass-like finish, use abrasive pastes and creams such as an automotive paint restorer.
  • Be careful when using abrasives and pastes on lacquers – too much heat can cause them to melt and slide. Take your time.
  • Clear the nozzle by spraying the product upside down, then replacing the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.

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Professional Clear Satin Lacquer

This Professional Clear Satin Lacquer produces a silky feeling, hard wearing finish in just two coats on most wooden surfaces.
Dry and handleable in 10 to 20 minutes, it is possible to finish elegant pieces in under an hour. Drying time may vary depending on ambient temperature and humidity.

Two good coats of this satin lacquer should be enough to provide a suitably solid finish on most wooden surfaces. It will conform to grain and texture patterns exceptionally well without hiding them.
Apply some of the Intrinsic Colour Collection dyes to your work before using this to produce an elegantly coloured and finished piece.
For the best possible finish, always ensure that the surface you are applying it to is perfectly smooth, free from dust, scratches and properly sealed. Coverage: 1.25 – 1.75m2 per 400ml.

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Basic Application

  1. Sand your work down smooth to at least 400 grit and ensure surface is free from dust, grease and moisture;
  2. Prepare the surface well with a suitable sealer and ensure it has fully dried. For best results, use our Pro Matt Sealer Spray and follow those instructions;
  3. Shake can with the cap on for at least two minutes before use;
  4. Avoid breathing spray. Use in a well ventilated area and wear appropriate PPE. Protect lathe and surfaces;
  5. Apply light coats 200mm from the piece, giving time for the lacquer to dry between coats;
  6. Lightly cut the lacquer back between dry coats for an even finish. Leave the final alone;
  7. Apply a coat or two of our Microcrystalline Wax for a fingerprint resistant overcoat.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Satin lacquers are the easiest to apply as their surface is naturally uneven.
  • A poorly sealed surface will require more lacquer to cover it. Ensure you seal the piece properly.
  • If applying over open grained, it is advisable to clean the grain of as much sanding dust as possible, particular if you will be filling the grain later.
  • For best results, two coats is usually enough to achieve a desirable and smart looking finish.
  • Apply the spray in an arc with the lathe stationary. Turn the piece roughly 120° at a time and overlap each of the segments.
  • Each coat should lightly cover the entire surface. Too much, and the product will not lay evenly.
  • If you get a run through applying too much, allow it to dry completely, then sand that area back or cut it all off and start again before reapplying.
  • Clear the nozzle by spraying the product upside down, then replacing the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.

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Professional Black Gloss Lacquer

This professional grade Black Gloss Lacquer has been formulated to produce a deep black gloss finish in just two coats on most wooden surfaces.
Dry and handleable in 10 to 20 minutes under normal conditions, it is possible to produce glass-like finishes within hours of application. Drying time may vary depending on ambient temperature and humidity.

For a simple gloss finish, two coats will generally be enough over a properly sealed surface. Use our Microcrystalline Wax for a fingerprint resistant over coat.
For a glass-like finish, we recommend four coats and then polish with pastes and creams.
Apply two coats onto open grained woods like ash or woods with added texture and use our embellishing waxes over the top when dry to enhance the remaining grain or textured pattern.
Coverage: 1.25 – 1.75m2 per 400ml.

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Basic Application

  1. Sand your work down smooth to at least 400 grit and ensure surface is free from dust, grease and moisture;
  2. Prepare the surface well with a suitable sealer and ensure it has fully dried. We recommend our Pro Spray Sealer when using this product;
  3. Shake can with the cap on for at least two minutes before use. Protect lathe and surfaces;
  4. Avoid breathing spray – Use appropriate PPE and use in a well ventilated area;
  5. Apply light coats 200mm from the piece, giving time for the lacquer to dry between coats. Two coats is usually sufficient;
  6. Under normal conditions, this Professional Lacquer can be mechanically buffed in under 3 hours.
  7. For a glass-like finish, use abrasive pastes and creams according to manufacturers instructions.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • For a glass-like lacquer finish, do not expect a quick process. It takes time and patience!
  • A poorly sealed surface will require more lacquer to cover it. Ensure you seal your piece properly!
  • Apply with the lathe stationary. Is normal for lacquers to look a bit like orange peel. This will even out during further application.
  • For best results, cut the surface back after every 2 or coats to even out the orange peel look. Use 400 grit paper or a soft abrasive pad.
  • Each coat should lightly cover the entire surface. Too much, and the product will not lay evenly.
  • If you get a run through applying too much, allow it to dry completely, then sand that area back or cut it all off and start again before reapplying.
  • When cured, and for a glass-like finish, use abrasive pastes and creams such as an automotive paint restorer.
  • Be careful when using abrasives and pastes on lacquers – too much heat can cause them to melt and slide. Take your time.
  • Clear the nozzle by spraying the product upside down, then replacing the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.

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SAFETY FIRST! Always take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of your workshop environment.

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Professional Black Satin Lacquer

Our Professional Black Satin Lacquer produces a silky feeling, solid black finish in just two coats on most wooden surfaces.
Dry and handleable in 10 to 20 minutes, it is possible to finish elegant pieces in under an hour. Drying time may vary depending on ambient temperature and humidity.

Two suitable coats of this satin lacquer should be enough to provide a suitable solid finish on most wooden surfaces. It will conform to grain and texture patterns exceptionally well, without hiding them.
Imaginative use of this product, combined with the others across the Hampshire Sheen range will give you plenty of design and creative options.
For the best possible finish, always ensure that the surface you are applying it to is perfectly smooth, free from dust, scratches and properly sealed. Coverage: 1.25 – 1.75m2 per 400ml.

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Basic Application

  1. Sand your work down smooth to at least 400 grit and ensure surface is free from dust, grease and moisture;
  2. Prepare the surface well with a suitable sealer and ensure it has fully dried. We recommend our Pro Spray Sealer when using this product;
  3. Shake can with the cap on for at least two minutes before use. Protect lathe and surfaces;
  4. Avoid breathing spray – Use appropriate PPE and use in a well ventilated area;
  5. Apply light coats 200mm from the piece, giving time for the lacquer to dry between coats. Two coats is usually sufficient;
  6. Adding an overcoat of Hampshire Sheen Microcrystalline Wax will provide the piece fingerprint resistance without unduly increasing the level of shine.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Satin lacquers are the easiest to apply as their surface is naturally uneven.
  • A poorly sealed surface will require more lacquer to cover it. Ensure you seal the piece properly.
  • If applying over open grained, it is advisable to clean the grain of as much sanding dust as possible, particular if you will be filling the grain later.
  • For best results, two coats is usually enough to achieve a desirable and smart looking finish.
  • Apply the spray in an arc with the lathe stationary. Turn the piece roughly 120° at a time and overlap each of the segments.
  • Each coat should lightly cover the entire surface. Too much, and the product will not lay evenly.
  • If you get a run through applying too much, allow it to dry completely, then sand that area back or cut it all off and start again before reapplying.
  • Clear the nozzle by spraying the product upside down, then replacing the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.

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Professional Matt Sanding Sealer

Our Professional Matt (Cellulose) Sanding Sealer Spray can be used on a variety of surfaces, not just wood. It has been formulated for us to produce a tough surface for our finishes to adhere to.
Non-darkening, the spray is ideal for use over applied colours like the Intrinsic Colour Collection. Without having to wipe or brush on the sealer, you can be sure there will be no further bleeding or blending of the colours.

Dry in 5 – 15 minutes, this product works best when cut back, or lightly sanded either between coats, or after the final coat for a smooth surface to accept your final finish. Drying time may vary depending on ambient temperature and humidity.
One or two coats of the Pro Matt Sanding Sealer spray is generally enough to seal the wood. More or fewer coats may be required depending on the porosity of the piece you are working on. Coverage: 1.25 – 1.75m2 per 400ml.

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Basic Application

  1. Sand your work down smooth to at least 400 grit and ensure surface is free from dust, grease and moisture. Clean the grain of dust if using (for example, ash);
  2. Shake can with the cap on for at least two minutes before use;
  3. Use appropriate PPE and apply in a well ventilated area. Protect lathe and surfaces;
  4. Using steady passes holding the can 200mm from the surface, apply an even coat;
  5. Once dry, we recommend lightly cutting back the surface for a smoother surface before applying subsequent coats;
  6. Apply a second coat of sealer and repeat above steps until surface is evenly coated;
  7. Before applying your final finish, lightly cut back the sealer once more to a create a smooth surface.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Sanding sealer is used to close the grain in wood, giving an even surface for finishes to be applied over.
  • Clean the dust off the piece before applying, particularly open grained woods.
  • Lightly apply spray in an arcing motion.
  • Apply with the lathe stationary.
  • Build the product up in thin coats, allowing to dry between coats until the surface is even.
  • A maximum of two coats is often enough.
  • For best results when ‘de-nibbing’, use the shavings from the piece being sealed. Use light pressure. Ensure the sealer is dry first.
  • Getting lines when applying or de-nibbing? Too much heat or it’s not dry enough! Sand back, reapply, allow to dry and use less pressure.
  • Ensure product is dry before applying any finish.
  • Invert the can and spray for a few seconds to clear the nozzle, then firmly replace the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.
  • Once opened, use within 6 months.
  • Use in a well ventilated area and be aware of the strong smell. This is normal for cellulose sealers.

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Gloss Finishing Wax

Our best selling Gloss Finishing Wax is a carefully designed combination of carnauba and microcrystalline waxes suspended in a low odour solvent to enable you to build up a super-tough glossy finish to turned work that is also fingerprint resistant Food & Toy Safe when cured.
It has a stiff texture and at times (particularly in cold weather) may appear ‘crumbly’ in the tin.

This is perfectly normal and is due to the very high wax to solvent ratio. When used correctly, you need less of the product than you may think to achieve a fantastic quality finish.
We believe our Gloss Finishing Wax is the toughest and most long lasting finish available and is a popular go-to finish for many turners.

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Basic Application

1: Sand piece immaculately down to at least 400 grit;
2: For best results, apply sanding sealer and burnish when dry;
3: Evenly apply a light coat of thewax with a soft paper towel;
4: Allow to dry a little and then buff;
5: Apply additional coats for deeper shine.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Spend less time sanding by improving your tool handling technique.
  • Always use a sanding sealer for decorative items.
  • Apply with paper towel.
  • Use less than you think you need.
  • Best applied with the lathe stationary.
  • Build the product up in light layers.
  • Buff to a shine with the lathe spinning at an appropriate speed for the size of the piece.
  • Can be mechanically buffed with a buffing wheel.
  • Take your time! It’s the quality of the finish that will be seen for the length of the piece’s life.
  • White flecks in open grain wood? Use a heat gun to melt them, then buff again. Use less next time.
  • Can be used to overcoat Embellishing Waxes and is compatible with other finishing products.
  • Firmly replace the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.
  • If the product appears ‘dried out’, do not attempt to soften it – the process is potentially dangerous.
  • Stored correctly, the product will be good for use for 18 months + once opened.

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Microcrystalline Wax

Microcrystalline Wax is an ideal protective finish for many different projects including wood, leather and metal. Fingerprint and water resistant, this wax is a hard wearing, overcoat to wax and other finishes for an extra level of protection. Food contact and toy safe when cured.
Although Microcrystalline Wax can be used as a lustrous finish on it’s own, we find it is best suited to a protective overcoat to other finishes. It can also be used as a coating for leather, metal and other media.

Our Microcrystalline Wax appears hard in the tin. We provide the wax in a very high wax to solvent ratio meaning you need very little of the product to overcoat your work. A popular choice.

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Basic Application

1: Sand piece immaculately down to at least 400 grit and apply your preferred finish.
2: Apply a little Microcrystalline Wax in a thin coat. Allow to dry.
3: Buff to a shine by hand, a buffing mop or for lathe items a paper towel.
4: Apply additional coats as required.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Our recommended use for this product is as a protective overcoat to other finishes and media.
  • Expect this product to produce a lustre that can be built up to a gloss over several coats.
  • Use less than you think you need.
  • Best applied with the lathe stationary.
  • For a quicker shiny finish, consider using Hampshire Sheen Gloss Finishing Wax.
  • Buff to a shine with the lathe spinning with paper towel or by hand with a stationary lathe and cloth.
  • White flecks in open grain wood? Use a heat gun to melt them, then buff again. Use less next time.
  • Firmly replace the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing.
  • If the product appears ‘dried out’, do not attempt to soften it – the process is potentially dangerous.
  • Stored correctly, the product will be good for use for 18 months + once opened.
  • All wax products will tarnish if left in contact with water or acids such as fruit or alcohol.

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Embellishing Waxes

Hampshire Sheen produces a range of Embellishing Waxes for use in open grained woods and tight grained woods that have had texture added to them. They are not a surface finish.

There are nine colours available: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Black, White, Electric Blue, Electric Green, Electric Purple and Hot Pink.

Use them in conjunction with the Intrinsic Colour Collection for stunning results. There’s no need to wait for a gilt cream to dry overnight – this product dries quickly when buffed. For extra protection, we recommend it be overcoated with Hampshire Sheen Microcrystalline Wax. Supplied in a 60g (2.02oz) aluminium screw top tin.

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Basic Application

1: Sand piece to at least 400 grit and clean the dust out of the grain or texture;
2: For best results, use in conjunction with a dye or stain.
3: Apply a single coat of sanding sealer;
3: Liberally apply your chosen Embellishing Wax, rubbing it deeply into the grain or applied texture;
4: Allow to dry a little and then buff the product off the surface. (Drying times vary, depending on ambient temperature and humidity;
5: Optionally apply more coats as required and overcoat with Microcrystalline Wax.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Good sanding is key! Ensure any tool marks, tear out or sanding marks are removed. They will be very obvious after colours and this wax is applied.
  • Remember, these waxes are for open grained woods like Oak, Ash, Elm, Chestnut or tight grained woods that have been textured like maple or boxwood.
  • Consider using contrasting, but complementary colours for obvious embellishment. Think Black Wax on ash, for example. Or Gold in Walnut.
  • For truly striking results, use in conjunction with the Intrinsic Colour Collection.
  • The more you can clean sanding dust out of the grain and texture, the better the result will be.
  • After application, buff the wax off the surface leaving a gloss finish which can overcoated with Microcrystalline Wax if desired.
  • It is possible to use Hampshire Sheen Clear Lacquer over the Embellishing Waxes.
  • Firmly replace the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing. Once opened, use within 6 months.
  • All wax products will tarnish if left in contact with water or acids such as fruit or alcohol.

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Carnacrystalline & Pen Turner’s Overcoat Sticks

CarnaCrystalline Stick: A woodturner’s ultra glossy finishing stick hand blended with carnauba and microcrystalline waxes for a brilliant shine and tough protection for your turned spindle wood pieces
Pen Turner’s Overcoat Stick: A super fine finishing stick hand made with 100% microcrystalline wax for a brilliant shine with superb protection against fingerprints.

Two solid wax sticks specifically made for use on small spindle pieces on a lathe. Their composition guarantees a superb gloss finish when applied correctly. Supplied as 31g (1oz) bullion shaped wax sticks.

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CarnaCrystalline Application

1: Finish sanding down to at least 400 grit;
2: Apply sanding sealer and cut back lightly;
3: Apply your finishing wax. We recommend our Gloss Finishing Wax;
4: With the lathe running safely fast, smoothly apply the CarnaCrystalline Stick with a little pressure from one end of the piece to the other;
5: Use a safety cloth or paper towel to buff to an ultra-glossy shine.

Pen Turner’s Overcoat Application

1: Finish your pen using your usual method;
2: With the lathe running fast, smoothly apply the Pen Turner’s Overcoat Stick with a little pressure from one end of the
piece to the other in one motion to ensure even coverage;
3: Use a safety cloth or paper towel to then buff to a shine.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • These sticks are intended for use on small spindle projects. Attempting to use on a bowl for example, will lead to difficulties.
  • They are specially shaped to fit into tiny details on spindle work such as finials.
  • Use a very light pressure to apply the wax. Hard pressure can lead to spirals along the piece.
  • When buffing, apply enough pressure to cause the wax to soften and smooth over the surface. Too much pressure will remove it from the piece.
  • These products may also be used on buffing systems.
  • All wax products will tarnish if left in contact with water or acids such as fruit or alcohol.

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Danish Finishing Oil

Our very popular Danish Oil is food safe and complies to EN71 toy safe when dry, giving this product a huge number of potential uses.
Thinner, more penetrating and less smelly than other Danish Oils, our product contains only pure

Tung Oil and a dearomatised solvent, no artificial varnish, resins or other vegetable oils.
Our Danish Oil is very easy to apply, contains over 50% Tung Oil, is odourless when dry, deeply penetrating and protecting, will not chip, flake or peel when cured and is naturally water resistant.

As a high-build finish, this oil can produce a super warm glow gloss when enough coats are applied and buffed when cured thoroughly.

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Basic Application

1: Shake before use.
2: Sand your work down to your desired grit.
3: Apply the oil using a paper towel or rag;
4: Remove excess oil from surface;
5: Allow 20 minutes between coats and apply a maximum of 2 before allowing to cure;
6: Leave to cure thoroughly for at least 24-48 hours before buffing and putting into use. Curing time will vary due to ambient temperature and humidity;
7: Recoat as required.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Avoid rushing your finishing, particularly with oils.
  • Clean the dust off the piece before applying, particularly open grained woods.
  • Apply with paper towel and the lathe stationary.
  • Once opened, leave the plasic spout out.
  • For the best finish, build the product up in multiple coats over several days, allowing 24 hours curing time between no more than 4 – 6 coats.
  • Lightly de-nib the surface between cured coats before applying more oil.
  • With many coats applied, a warm gloss shine can be achieved by carefully buffing the cured surface.
  • Can be used with the Intrinsic Colour Collection.
  • If using as an embellishment rather than a finish, apply the oil before any sealer.
  • Ensure the product is completely cured before applying any further finishes or putting into use.
  • Firmly replace the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing. Once opened, use within 6 months.
  • Lay saturated towels or cloths flat to cure before appropriate disposal. Do Not Pile Them Up.

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Citrus Burnishing Oil

Our Citrus Burnishing Oil leaves a silky smooth, fresh smelling food safe (BS EN 71-3:2019) finish on your turned pieces.
This oil can be easily applied and then burnished dry in a matter of minutes, and can be overcoated with waxes or lacquers if you wish. Use multiple coats for a water and oil resistant finish suitable for salad, fruit and snack bowls.

Easy to apply; Over 50% Tung Oil; Food Safe when dry; Fresh smell when dry, fading over time; Deeply penetrating and protecting; Will not chip, flake or peel; Naturally water and oil resistant when cured.
Supplied in a 500ml (17.6oz) cone top bottle.

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Basic Application

  1. Shake before use.
  2. We recommend sanding to at least 400, 600 or a higher grit.
  3. Apply the oil using a paper towel and allow to penetrate the wood for a minute or two;
  4. Remove excess oil from surface;
  5. With the lathe spinning safely fast, use a paper towel to burnish the oil dry;
  6. Recoat as required.
  7. May be overcoated with wax or lacquer when properly cured.
  8. Use within 12 months of purchase for best results.

Pro Finishing Tips

  • Avoid rushing your finishing, particularly with oils.
  • Clean the dust off the piece before applying, particularly open grained woods.
  • Apply with paper towel and the lathe stationary.
  • Once opened, leave the plasic spout out.
  • For the best finish, remove excess oil from the surface before burnishing dry to a finish.
  • Lightly de-nib the surface between coats before adding more oil; remove the excess before burnishing.
  • After a few coats, and allowed to harden for a few days, the citrus finish is water and oil resistant.
  • Can be used with the Intrinsic Colour Collection.
  • If using as an embellishment rather than a finish, apply the oil before any sealer.
  • Ensure the product is completely cured before applying any further finishes or putting into use.
  • Firmly replace the lid after use.
  • Store in a cool dry place out of direct light, away from heat sources and protect from freezing. BS EN71-3:2019 is a UK standard. It may not be accepted outside the UK
  • Flammable. Lay saturated towels or cloths flat to cure before appropriate disposal. Do Not Pile Them Up.

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PreThinned Cellulose Sanding Sealer

Our cellulose sanding sealer is prethinned down to our preferred ratio which penetrates deeply into your wood, producing a smooth surface after a few coats over which you can apply your final finish perfectly.
We’ve tried lots of different sanding sealers and have discovered this cellulose sealer and thinners mix to be perfect for both standard, coloured and textured work.

This is our preferred sealer for use over the Intrinsic Colour Collection, or other water based wood stains. Note that it is common for a little of the added colour to be removed from the surface when using this product. See the Intrinsic Colour Collection for specific usage advice.