Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Gel varnish, still hiding

Q: I have used the gel varnish that was sold at Rockler for a number of years with outstanding results. Since Rockler no longer carries it and there appears to be a company change taking place I am wondering if there is another brand of gel varnish you recommend.
A: That particular gel polyurethane was made by Lawrence McFadden and sold under several labels, including Rockler, Bartley and LMcF. The company was recently sold to Seagrave Coatings. Seagrave’s owner tells me there were a few problems with packaging and logistics that caused delays. You can expect to see the gel by early August in your favorite store. It will be sold under the Bartley label in both clear and colors.