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Is there a reason that a simple alkyd resin finish is getting harder to find these days? According to several articles I've read, alkyd resin is the most common finish used in the furniture industry. When I go to my local hardware stores, I can't find a single finish that I'm sure is a simple alkyd resin varnish! Polyurathane has taken over. I realize it's hard to discern what's in the manufacturers' "secret formula", but I'm sure none of the varnishes at the big chains such as Home Depot or Lowes are simple alkyd resin varnishes.
I wanted to get a can of an alkyd resin varnish to experiment with mixing it with a polymerized oil - I would like to avoid the more yellowing tendency of Polyurathane.
Since I've never used a simple alkyd resin varnish, what are its characteristics compared to polyurathane? Anything I should be aware of? From what I've seen, it appears that alkyd resin varnishes might dry slower than the traditional polyurathane on the market; is this true?
Finally, does anyone have their favorite sources for procuring an alkyd resin varnish?