Waterproof, heat - proof, varnish over old french - polished table.

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Forum topic by Jessicajil posted 06-29-2015 04:10 AM 628 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2015 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table french-polish varnish heat proof water resistant

I have a Victoria extending dining table which is also our kitchen table. It came with a house we bought and the whole family used it for evening from carpentry (when I want looking) to painting and home work.

After the children left home I had it re – polished with a ‘hard’ shellac top coat, and it really glowed because the carpenter just cleaned it but didn’t sand it hard so the patina and history is still there.

That was lovely whilst I was on my own, but my new husband gets very frustrated with having to be ‘careful’, and insists we have a cover on it. I miss the sight of the wood which I have always loved. Worse still, now I have grandchildren using it for everything, and they get water under the cover and we are getting white patches if I forget to check, or leave the cover lifted up for it to dry.

I’d like to put a coat of something on it so that it is heat proof and water resistant, so that I can leave the cover off and enjoy the table again.

Is that possible? If so what do I use? I’m in the UK.

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 10:58 AM

While it mat be possible that in the industry there is such a coating, for us mere mortals I fear such things are only a dream. the water resistance part would probably be achievable, but the heat resistance is where it gets really tough. Not knowing exactly what finishes are available on your side of the pond, I’d go with a good quality waterborne. unless it’s has tint in it, it will be water clear and not change the appearance you value but be careful, some of them have added a tint to mimic the look of oil based finishes. It’s usually spelled out on the label if that’s the case. This won’t be any more or less heat resistant than most other finishes, so use trivets or whatever for the hot stuff.

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 01:18 PM

Thank you Fred. That’s what I feared, but I thought it worth asking!

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