Pine doors: shellac vs wiping varnish?
There are a few pine doors in our basement that need finishing; they've been up for years unfinished but we're finally turning that room into living space (more or less). I have both clear dewaxed shellac (Zinsser ClearCoat) and varnish (Formby's tung oil finish) on hand. How do these two finishes look over time on pine? Similar, or would there be a significant difference in the look? Could I get away with as few coats of the varnish as the shellac to achieve about the same sheen? I am going to try to avoid painting... painting is such a pain with 6 panel doors, and there is other natural wood trim nearby (wainscoting in the stairwell). Wiping on with a rag is more fun, although both the shellac and the varnish stink to high heaven, so either way I would have to wait for a warm day so I can open the windows.