So I have started turning some goblets and shot glasses, and I'm trying to find a good finish for them that can be nice and glossy, but doesn't need constant reapplication. I'm pretty sure that shellac is out, since it dissolves in alcohol, but I don't know if polyurethane or CA glue would be a more permanent and safe finish. Since I'll be selling these to local bars and restaurants, the main thing is that the finish can't be something needing frequent reapplication, so things like beeswax and mineral oil are probably out too. Any ideas?

  • Hi Nick, welcome to StackExchange. As you can see from the above we have an existing Q&A on this topic so your Question will be closed in due course as a duplicate. Out of curiosity what woods are you using for your vessels?
    – Graphus
    May 24 '19 at 20:15
  • That other question doesn't really answer mine, could you please not close this one? May 24 '19 at 21:42
  • Can you explain why you think it doesn't? It mentions epoxy, varnish and wax which are pretty much the three top choices here (in terms of consumer-level finishes) in roughly the order you might want to prioritise them.
    – Graphus
    May 25 '19 at 11:28
  • It definitely says what doesn't work, and that's great, and definitely helpful. But, since the are restaurants that use wooden drinkware, and plenty of commercially available examples as well, there is clearly some sort of finish that is relatively permanent, and on the case of restaurants using them, possibly even dishwasher safe. That's what I'm trying to find. May 26 '19 at 15:19
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    If that other Q&A doesn't answer the question then we should capture new information there, not here.
    – jdv
    May 27 '19 at 13:56