Wood Finishes – A Quick Guide – Varnish / Stain / Oil / Wax / Lacquer / Polyurethane / Shellac

Wood Finishes – A Quick Guide – Varnish / Stain / Oil / Wax / Lacquer / Polyurethane / Shellac

A quick guide to wood finishes – what to use, and when to use them. In this video I cover stain / dye, oil, varnish, shellac, polyurethane, wax and lacquer.

Here are some affiliate links to finishes I recommend (if you click and buy, I make a few pennies from Amazon).

BRIWAX
Briwax Clear (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/zQfx5
Briwax Clear (US Amazon) https://geni.us/nG5yR
Briwax Rustic Pine (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/wwWzeZy
Briwax RusticPine (US Amazon) https://geni.us/iXZppE
Briwax Medium Brown (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/89dWW0
Briwax Light Brown (US Amazon) https://geni.us/HfPMlOR

BOILED LINSEED OIL
Boiled Linseed Oil (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/1njSs8m
Boiled Linseed Oil (US Amazon) https://geni.us/aU6o4gO

DANISH OIL
Danish Oil (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/mQitiXZ
Danish Oil (US Amazon) https://geni.us/QZKtBUU

POLYURETHANE
Blackfriar 250ml Clear Satin Polyurethane (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/61wp
Blackfriar 1L Clear Satin Polyurethane (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/nwomZUr
Ronseal 250ml Clear Gloss Polyurethane (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/3YSAcQ
Blackfriar 1L Clear Gloss Polyurethane (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/4LwghP
Rust-Oleum 1/2 pint Interior Clear Water Based Polyurethane (US Amazon) https://geni.us/RVp2Auk
Minwax 1/2 pint Polyurethane Gloss (US Amazon) https://geni.us/FGHFF
Minwax 1/2 pint Polyurethane Satin (US Amazon) https://geni.us/IbFQ6vF

SPRAY LACQUER
Clear Matt Spray Lacquer (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/CtNK
Clear Gloss Spray Lacquer (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/cIlIOp
Clear Gloss Spray Lacquer (US Amazon) https://geni.us/xTB48

VARNISH
Johnstones Quick Drying Interior Clear Satin Varnish 250ml (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/HFz1
Johnstones Quick Drying Interior Clear Satin Varnish 750ml (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/fwgf
Ronseal Interior Clear Gloss Varnish 250ml (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/3YSAcQ
Rustin’s Exterior Yacht Varnish 250ml (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/mYFh
Everbuild Exterior Yacht Varnish 750ml (UK Amazon) https://geni.us/XcWPwXr
Rust-Oleum Marine Spar Varnish 1 Quart (US Amazon) https://geni.us/oy1W0E

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50 Comments

  1. Sabre Singh on October 5, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Helpful info. Thnx



  2. edenmaci6 on October 5, 2022 at 2:32 am

    I have an old piece of furniture with ayers of paint and also bare wood. I’m looking to retain the old layers of paint for a distressed look and also bring out the texture of the wood. Can I use oil for this? What would you suggest? Thank you πŸ™‚



  3. AC on October 5, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Can you finish with boiled linseed oil then put a coat of Polyurethane over top? Trying to figure out the best option for a patio table and a garden planter



  4. Lindsay Blair on October 5, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Thank you. Very helpful, and to the point.



  5. Tanya Caso on October 5, 2022 at 2:35 am

    What is the best finish for kitchen cabinet doors?



  6. Gary Higgins on October 5, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Thanks for a basic questions answered video!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘



  7. Kevin on October 5, 2022 at 2:38 am

    well explained thanks



  8. R Pojar on October 5, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Very helpful. Thank you



  9. tony mememe on October 5, 2022 at 2:41 am

    I love how quick, to the point and full of information this was. Exactly. No stupid blaring guitar either.



  10. Allison Joel on October 5, 2022 at 2:41 am

    Great video. You answered all questions that I had regarding finding the right finish to put on my kitchen cupboards. Thank you for sharing.



  11. Mark Smith on October 5, 2022 at 2:41 am

    Very informative, thank you 😊



  12. Gary Reams on October 5, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Thank you. Very educational and useful. Succinct.



  13. Jumondeh Tweh on October 5, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Thank you so much for making this short, relevant, and easy to understand!



  14. Retheesh Gopi on October 5, 2022 at 2:44 am

    great piece of information. thanks



  15. norma sarsby on October 5, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Love the T-shirt



  16. Lulu Rashid on October 5, 2022 at 2:45 am

    This is fantastic!!



  17. Jessie Joy on October 5, 2022 at 2:46 am

    This was really helpful thank you!



  18. Hershey on October 5, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Hi, am getting red cedar wood fence panels in my back yard, do you think it needs to be sanded, before I apply the UV protection oil. I mean it is required for brand new installation as there is no wear or outdoor exposure yet. Any advice appreciated.



  19. kryptonitefitness on October 5, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Informative video , what’s the best protection for wooden kitchen countertop?



  20. Appogee on October 5, 2022 at 2:50 am

    Great guide – thank you!



  21. OmeGa Shae on October 5, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Great video



  22. Un Eti on October 5, 2022 at 2:53 am

    literally everything i meeded to know in 5 minutes!! God bless you sir πŸ™ŒπŸ»



  23. Majikthise on October 5, 2022 at 2:53 am

    so Danish oil then wax to give sanded floorboards a rustic soft sheen look? I’d have to accept that it’ll need more wax every year or two where it gets worn? Or am i way off the mark?



  24. Daniel Ecoff on October 5, 2022 at 2:54 am

    So If I have a wood installation made out of Walnut on my kitchen island that is used only for dinning. And I want it to appear natural, possibly a bit darker, with a satin sheen possibly. What would you recommend ? A stain, poly and wax ?



  25. Unnamed on October 5, 2022 at 2:54 am

    For butcher block countertops, do I oil, then stain, then wax?



  26. Michael Ryan on October 5, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Hi. Great video. I have just used 3 coats of danish oil on my flooring after sanding and it still doesn’t feel as smooth as my hallway which was completed by the previous owners. Can I apply polyurethane or vanish on top of the danish oil to get a similar feel and look? Thanks



  27. Aspiring Furniture Flipper on October 5, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Perfect video for a beginner like me. I’m in a trial and error and error and error stage right now πŸ˜‚



  28. Saif on October 5, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Best advice on the he internet



  29. Nathan Bailey on October 5, 2022 at 2:59 am

    That was exactly what I needed, You shotguned those! That was great.



  30. Valerie Beauchemin on October 5, 2022 at 3:00 am

    *Nice plans has many great ideas for building a cottage **shedplans.work** retirement home or medium size home from very modest to high end.*



  31. Me on October 5, 2022 at 3:02 am

    This stuff is so sticky you’re not gonna enjoy using it. Good company but terrible product for my experience. It’s horrible to brush into corners in between thin spindle spaces and really it’s just a nightmare all around. If you could rub it back off it would be fine. But you can’t it’s not supposed to be used that way. But it looks good when you’re done after a massive headache and way too much effort. From now on I’m sticking to teak oil which makes sense and does the job better without the color. I do like the color better but… As a tradesmen, I need not to have explosive occupational Tourette’s from crap like this. You’re welcome. 30



  32. Jim Girtman on October 5, 2022 at 3:03 am

    So appreciate his knowledge and ability to convey it.



  33. Riax Baig on October 5, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the info. I have a question if you don’t mind me asking. I dwell in a mountainous area where winters are harsh owing to knees-deep snow and roofs are invariably made of wooden planks with plastic and soil on top. I want to polish the undersides of planks without having to install ceiling. Could you please recommend a finish PU/Oil that would suit my situation the best? Thanks in advance!



  34. Ricky Wilson on October 5, 2022 at 3:06 am

    What an incredible video im definitely subscribing thanks for the info



  35. r2d2 on October 5, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Thank you very much , very helpful πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ



  36. Deepak Wagle on October 5, 2022 at 3:09 am

    Simply Superb Video.



  37. hobbestuna on October 5, 2022 at 3:09 am

    This was excellent, I watched standing at the hardware store and you answered all my questions very quickly!



  38. darci peeps on October 5, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Shellac is from bugs not trees, yeah?



  39. Rag 'n' Bone Brown on October 5, 2022 at 3:12 am

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  40. XxTwo GendersxY on October 5, 2022 at 3:12 am

    Blimey mate, wanna go down ah the pub and ave a pint?



  41. Hannnnnzi on October 5, 2022 at 3:12 am

    Sir, I have two questions. One, for internal heavy usage like coffee table will need hot water resistance and scratch, what type of product I should use in which sequence? For outdoor decker, same question, what type of product I should use in which sequence? My outdoor decker has a layer of wood wax but I feel it doesn’t last long from previous experience. Thank you.



  42. Gulf Coast Florida Man of the Gulf Coast on October 5, 2022 at 3:14 am

    So I should go buy Tru Oil finish and apply prior to the wax showing up for shotgun stock is what I am getting out of this.



  43. teak garden furniture outlet on October 5, 2022 at 3:16 am

    cool videoπŸ˜€



  44. Armour of God on October 5, 2022 at 3:16 am

    So which one would I use in bathroom for best moisture protection?



  45. Saif on October 5, 2022 at 3:16 am

    So does the oil come in clear ? And don’t need to varnish it using oil ?
    I purchased one today but it had Color to it



  46. Alberto Mauiztic on October 5, 2022 at 3:18 am

    Thanks for the information, according to Stumpy nubs varnish is all kinds of protective coatings such as lacquer, polyurethane and shellac



  47. Ansar SR on October 5, 2022 at 3:18 am

    Good informative video.Many thanks



  48. kingraw2000 on October 5, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Great vid, thx mate. What are different methods to remove old coatings? Can I use a chemical stripper on a vintage rosewood sofa?



  49. Rae on October 5, 2022 at 3:22 am

    really informative and helpful. thank you!



  50. urbanspy2008 on October 5, 2022 at 3:28 am

    @Rag ‘n’ Brown but nitrocellulose lacquer takes a long time to dry and cure, doesn’t it?