News & Views: Like oil and water

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This article is from Issue 106 of Woodcraft Magazine.

I went to my local craft supply store for paint markers to decorate the Turned Christmas Tree (Dec/Jan 22) and discovered there are two types. Oil- and water-based paint markers. Is there an advantage to one over the other?

Author Jim Kelly replies:
We’ve used both oil- and water-based paint markers successfully on the tree. Like acrylic paint, the water-based markers are water-soluble when wet but not when dry, so they’ll play nice with finishes such as water-based polyurethane. If you’re worried, virtually any finish can be made fast with a coat of spray shellac before applying paint. And of course, it’s always a good idea to test your finish combinations on scrap before applying them to your workpiece.


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