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Forum topic by bradnelson posted 06-18-2015 03:09 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2015 03:09 AM

I wanted to know if it would be better to finish the table top with regular oil based polyurethane or to use the poly thats made for flooring? And what about water based vs. Oil? I was going to stain the table then a couple coats of shellac then a couple or few coats of polyurethane. I don’t like the look of lacquer. It looks too factory finish or even plastic finish for me.

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#1 posted 06-18-2015 02:45 PM

Forget the water based stuff. Rag on at least 5 coats of regular oil based poly diluted with an equal part of mineral spirits (allow 2.5 hours between coats). Allow to dry at least a day and rub out with 0000 steel wool or 1000 grit sandpaper. Apply wax with 0000 steel wool and buff.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 06-18-2015 04:20 PM

Lacquer can have any look you want, from a hand rubbed look to a satin finish or high gloss as well. I used to feel the same way about lacquer because semi-gloss lacquer can look pretty glossy after 3 sprayed coats.

With modern HVLP conversion guns, two coats gives plenty of coverage. I have switched to Rudd Dura-Cat lacquer in a satin finish, and it gives my white oak projects a hand rubbed look.

I say don’t give up on lacquer, especially if you plan to spray the finish.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 06-18-2015 05:41 PM

Don’t “forget” anything. Spray on water based table top finish from Aqua Coat!
I’ve never had any complaints or call backs in the 10 years I’ve used it.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#4 posted 06-18-2015 09:41 PM

Brad, consider waterborne poly floor finish-Bona Mega. HTH

-- Art

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