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Waterborne Finishes You might be surprised to know that waterborne (or water based) finishes are just about as durable as varnish finishes.That's because waterborne finishes are comprised of acrylics or polyurethane dispersed in water.
They are non-flammable, almost odourless, have fewer solvents in them than their oil based cousins, clean up easily with water, dry quickly, and are non-yellowing.If that isn't enough, because they dry so quickly you won't get a lot of dust adhering to the finish.
On the down side waterborne finishes don't impart any color to light woods like maple and don't bring out the depth or warmth in darker woods, like cherry or walnut.They can be a bit more finicky to apply, in part because they are more sensitive to temperature and humidity fluctuations during application, and they don't rub out as nicely as lacquer or shellac.
SafetyWaterborne finishes are less toxic and safer to use than oil-based finishes and lacquer.The "EF" that you might see on some products stands for 'environmentally friendly'.Nonetheless, you should still wear a suitable respirator, and ensure there is adequate ventilation in the room in which you are working.
Clean-upThe easiest part is cleaning up.Water and a mild detergent...