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Article:  Understanding Solvent Based Finishes

In this article we will discuss and compare various solvent based finishes, including nitrocellulose, acrylic, pre and post catalyzed lacquers and Conversion varnish.

The trade-off among catalyzed and non-catalyzed finishes is durability versus ease-of-use. Despite the unpleasant odor and greater environmental hazard of the solvent-based finishes, most finishers still use them. So let’s look at a comparison of these finishes.