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Suitable finish for a rocking horse.

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    Craig McGowan
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    Hi, I’m looking for some advice on finishing a rocking horse made from ash. I’m going for a natural look and was originally thinking shellac/wax (as per PS) as i want it to look as natural as possible without it looking plastic of turning yellow. I am now wondering though if this would be hard wearing enough for kids climbing all over it? There will also be some moving parts where the horse sits on the base. I have very limited experience of finishes so nothing too complex!!

    #503787
    Ed
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    If you like shellac, it would be good for this. Shellac’s weakness is its reaction to some liquids, especially alcohols, but that’s not an issue for kids on a rocking horse. Its strength is its repairability. If the kids wear or damage the finish, you can easily wipe or brush on a repair. Although it reacts to some liquids, I think its actually a hard durable finish. It seems like a good choice for this.

    #508866
    Craig McGowan
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    Hi Ed, thanks for your reply, much appreciated. Sounds like shellac is much more durable then i thought! I have now applied three coats to a scrap piece of ash and I’m happy with the way it looks so I’m going ahead with it for the horse. Thanks again.

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    GfB
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    Pics of the project, please?

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