Enduro-Var vs. Arm-R-Seal - 9 months later

by Mark Hochstein

Almost 9 months ago I posted a finishing test that I'd done comparing General Finishes new Enduro-Var waterborne urethane and their oil-based Arm-R-Seal urethane. According to the formulator at General Finishes that I spoke to, these products both use the same resin, but one is suspended in oil and the other in water. As you know, the color of Cherry continues to darken and intensify as it ages. I also noticed that the Enduro-Var finish that had been left in the rim of the can had turned a deep amber-brown over time. Therefor I though it would be appropriate to revisit this test piece to see what changes have occurred over the last 9 months. The test piece has been hanging on my shop wall and has not been exposed to direct sunlight. I look the second picture with the same camera and lighting conditions as the first photo (at night with my shop lights on) in order to control the color variation between the two images.

Left 1/3: 3 coats of EV

             Bottom half w/ SealCoat

                                Middle 1/3: 1 coat of ARS then 3 coats of EV

                                              Bottom half w/ SealCoat

                                                                    Right 1/3: 3 coats of ARS

                                                                     Bottom half w/ SealCoat


As you can see, the Arm-R-Seal (ARS) really turned quite orange over time. The Enduro-Var definitely warmed up but is not nearly as orange. Let me know in the comments what you think of the changes and which one you like best.

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