Turning Archive 2005
>Which finish will hold up the longest? Although they all have their strong points, which will have the best appearance 20 or 30 years from now...or more?
Lacquer has great depth, but may lose flexability over time. Oil has a tendency to darken over time, but can easily be renewed. Poly? I don't know. I have seen antiques with a shellac finish that has endured for two hundred years.
I have been using more and more oil finishes lately rather than lacquer, which has been my mainstay for years. Any opinions welcome.