Long Lasting Wooden Ring Finish?

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Westfarthing Woodworks asked 9 months ago

My husband made oak wood wedding rings with silver bands inside, and we usually have to sand them down and re-coat them in polyurethane every few weeks/months as they get worn down pretty quickly.

Recently he started coating the whole ring in a layer of super glue and that seems to last a little longer.

What do you suggest?


1 Answers
Westfarthing Woodworks answered 9 months ago

Thank you Candace. Wearing rings with a finish on them can be a little frustrating, and you have a couple options.

Typically the CA finish will last a longer time than bottled finishes, which you have already discovered. Another finish you can use is an application of two part epoxy, which you apply, allow to cure, then shape and wet sand/polish until glossy.

It’s like adding a layer of plastic over the wood, and can last a long time depending on how you handle your rings. The other side of the coin is to go with a really light finish like a buffing of wax or a natural oil.

You will not be able to get the ring wet, or do some of the more damaging things to your ring, but you will have a finish that looks good for longer. I don’t get my rings wet, so all I do is buff the surface with tripoli, and then apply Carnauba wax once in a while.

If you are harder on your rings, then I recommend the epoxy. Look for a good brand, and something you trust.

Practice on a scrap first until you get the process down, because once the epoxy is in place, it’s going to be very hard to remove.

Best of luck, and happy building.

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