I'm looking for a (green) wood finish that is non-toxic and environmentally safe.

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I'm looking for a (green) wood finish that is non-toxic and environmentally safe.

Asked by Mandy

Needs to be tint-able, need it to be eco-friendly and non-toxic, it will be used for childerns toys and things, so need it to be safe if for some reason it gets put in the mouth,

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Bill Bradbury's picture

Shellac is made from the excretions of a beetle that lives in India.The dried flakes are soaked in grain alcohol for about a week, then brushed on over any stain. But I would recommend a gel stain.

  • Any universal tint can be added to the shellac after it has soaked.
  • It's totally safe, non-toxic and renewable.

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