View Poll Results: What finish do you or your customers prefer?

37. You may not vote on this poll
  • no finish-natural

    0 0%
  • oil type-unbuffed

    7 18.92%
  • satin or semi-gloss

    19 51.35%
  • shiny-buffed

    11 29.73%
Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: shiny or not

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    San Jose, CA

    shiny or not

    What type of finish do you prefer?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Tidewater, VA
    Lloyd -

    Need to add one more category -"Depends". Depending one the item, I have done them in all categories. Though "Shiny" is the least used.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Knoxville TN.
    I agree with Ted, it depends on what the project is as to what finish I use.

    No Pain-No Gain- Not!
    No Pain-Good

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I knew this would happen! Pick the one you use the most. Then you can clarify what goes on what. Otherwise the poll would be several pages long with every conceivable combination of woods and forms. I can't edit the poll.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Muskoka, Ontario
    Although I'm in the depends group -hey, I'm not sure about the sound of that - but I find the semi-gloss/waxed the most pleasing -Steve

  6. #6
    I use all 40- sheen, satin lacquer or poly. Mostly lacquer. Never did like that SHINY effect on wood. Always thought it detracted the nice wood look.
    Never had a customer to complain. Never had one to ask for a GLOSS finish.

  7. #7
    I say shiny because the smoother it is the better folks seem to like it. I've never liked satin or semigloss, because I'd rather look into the wood directly through my finish rather than through the scatter.

    Oil and oil/wax show up a lot in other folks' booths, but only on salad/popcorn bowls in mine. First outing with wax was a day with spitting rain years ago, and I had water marks all over everything. It doesn't last well in bright sunlight, either, so I've taken to buffing surface finishes for those small look-at things.

  8. #8
    I use an oil finish and buff it. I guess the shiny is subjective. I would say such a combination gives a glow to the surface. I usually consider a surface finish such as polyurethane to be shiny.
    Barbara in Remlik Virginia

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Nashville, Georgia
    My customers prefer the glossy finish, so that is what I give them. I use an oil finish with wax.
    Glenn Hodges
    Nashville, Georgia

    "Would you believe the only time I ever make mistakes is when someone is watching?"

  10. #10
    I like shiny because it shows off all my "refinments" (like sanding scratches and tear-out). The satin tends to hide my "refinments". Perhaps when I get good enough to make a turning without such "refinments" I will change the finish. But during this learning process I like to see where I went wrong so I can do better on the next one.
    The Large print givith
    and the fine print takith away

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    Unfortunately, the poll doesn't include an entry for "it depends"...I use multiple types of finishes from flat to blindingly-buffed. The form itself helps to make the decision, as does the material/species. That said, I would say that my forms trend towards a soft shine in most cases.

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  12. I guess you would say I like a satin finish buffed to absolute smoothness.
    Big Mike

    I have done so much with so little for so long I am now qualified to do anything with nothing......

    P.S. If you are interested in plans for any project that I post, just put some money in an envelope and mail it to me and I will keep it.

Similar Threads

  1. what's the ultra shiny surface....
    By John Piwaron in forum General Woodworking and Power Tools
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-04-2003, 4:44 PM
  2. Shiny Gloat!
    By Kevin Gerstenecker in forum General Woodworking and Power Tools
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-04-2003, 9:36 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts