In The News
April 2013 Jason Bedre of www.BredreWoodworking.com is quoted in Woodworkers Journal:
Jason previously worked as a polymer chemist, which he says gives him a unique insight into the finishing aspect of woodworking. "I don't make finishes, but the chemistry is the same," he said. "I kind of delve into the science behind it." He says he's finding that newer waterborne finishes are an alternative to lacquer that they weren't even seven or eight years ago. "Now my number one finish is General Finishes Enduro-Var. Its ease of use rivals any lacquer, at least in my hands it does," he said. "I'm not trying to use green finishes, I just think they're becoming more durable."
July 2011 Michael Pekovich, writer for Fine Wood Working writes:
I've never been a fan of water-based finishes, but a new wiping varnish from General Finishes has me excited to give them another try. Wood Turners Finish, available soon from Woodcraft and Rockler, combines the best of oil and water based finishes.
In order to create a finish that is compliant with VOC regulations, they've taken the same alkyd urethane varnish typically found in oil-based finishes and wrapped it in a water-based delivery system. The result is a finish with the warm tone and feel of an oil-based finish, but with the fast dry time of a water-based finish. It's fast dry time and it's ability to be rubbed out to a high gloss is the reason it's being marketed as a finish for turning, but there's no reason to think that it wouldn't be great for other furniture projects as well. A maple sample board rubbed to a satin sheen had a great, warm look that would compliment any project. The finish should be available within the next month and will retail for about $28/quart.
Peter Gedrys, writer for Fine Woodworking, "transforms pale white oak into the rich, deep brown reminiscent of fumed oak without using hazardous concentrated ammonia". Complete article property of www.finewoodworking.com. Article name: Fool Proof Recipes for Three Favorite Finishes - Dyes & Gel Stains Work Better Together. Taunton Press Jan/Feb 2010
Dominic Collins, reporter for Scottish Woodworking Show 2009, says"Overall it was General Finshes that took its place as king of new products, debuting ...dye stains and a range of Enduro wipe on sealers and finishes. General Finishes Milk Paints may not be cheap but I was impressed by their coverage and ease of application". For More Details on the Scottish 2009 Woodworking Show, click here for a report on the Scottish Working Show or visit www.getwoodworking.com
Ian Taylor writes about a Country Style Table from the The Woodworker August 2007:"General Finishes has released a modern version of Milk Paint...a water based acrylic paint stocked in a range of 20 bold colors."
Charles A. Minick, writer for Fine Woodworking, says "...my choice fo best overall finish goes to General Finishes High Performance product. It brushed and sprayed easily, it dried flat, it had great protection except from heat, and it looked godd". Complete article property of www.finewoodworking.com. Article name: Waterborne Finishes Come of Age - the best are now as good or better than solvent finishes; the worst should still be avoided. Taunton Press Nov/Dec 1995
Andy Charron, writer for Fine Woodworking, says "water base finishes are getting better all the time...they don't give off noxioius fumes, they dry fast, and they aren't flammable. Enduro's Water Based Poly is virtually identical to solvent based lacquer. Complete article property of www.finewoodworking.com. Article name: New Water Based-Finishes- They're more durable, easier to apply and look a lot better, too. Taunton Press Nov/Dec 1998
Charles A. Minick, writer for Fine Woodworking, says "General Finishes Polyurethane and Acrylic Blend applies easily, has excellent leveling properties, good vertical cling and looks great, a pleasant surprise in a brush-on finish". Complete article property of www.finewoodworking.com. Article name: Waterborne Finishes - Friendlier Than Ever - Dyes & Gel Stains Work Better Together. Taunton Press Nov/Dec 1995