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I'm looking to finish a piece of work with a high gloss finish. I've seen some people use two part epoxy or 2k epoxy and I think it's widely available in the US but I'm struggling to find exactly what I need in the UK.

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Something like this.

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Depending on what you can use the item for you could use clear lacquer. Epoxy is very difficult to work with and gives a cheap looking finish. Shellac is something else you could use and you can rub it to a nice smooth glossy finish.
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You dont need epoxy. its a nightmare to apply evenly.

If you just want a shiny surface, use polyurethane clear gloss varnish.
If you want to make it even easier, mix the poly with white spirit 50 / 50 and wipe it on with a small sponge or piece of lint free cloth.

2 coats 24 hours apart will give you this shine....

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That is beautiful, Bob. Thanks for the advice. By the way, did your sister put the hinges on the box she made? I'm interested in how she accomplished that.

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Also, I don't know what white spirit is. Thanks.

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IMHO Sanding matters more than the actual finish.

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Also, I don't know what white spirit is. Thanks.
UK term for mineral spirits. But I think the Brits also use the word for Gin

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It is not the type of finish but the rub of that finish.
First you need to fill the grain with finish or a paste filler. Then build up you desired finish, and sand, polish and buff. I sand up to 4000 and with a light buff it is a mirror.
(be sure you are using a clear gloss finish with no fillers)
I like lacquer or polyester as they polish easy.
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Jim, She has been busy at home re-tiling a downstairs cloakroom and I think the box has been put to one side. I will ask her next time I email.

Yes, white spirit is known as mineral spirits in the usa.
Wipe on poly is available in the uk, but at stupid prices, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost..
We also refer to ANY clear alcohol as white, i.e. gin, vodka, rum, etc.
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