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Forum topic by Chuck1685 posted 08-25-2015 02:00 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 02:00 PM

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Hello All,

So I am updating my kitchen and plan to use some 8/4 walnut I have had in the shop for about 4 years. My question is what type/brand of finish would be best? I don’t mind shelling out a little more money for higher quality. I don’t plan to do any cutting on them, so just something to seal and protect from normal usage. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 07:04 PM

I would use polyurethane. Two light brushing and sanding in between and a heavy coat after a few days.


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#2 posted 08-25-2015 07:21 PM

When I did the walnut tops in my old house I used Arm-R-Seal at the advice of Charles Neil. 5 coats in total on the top and 2 coats on the bottoms. You really need to let the finish cure for a good couple of weeks before putting them into hard use though. Another option would be Waterlox Original for oil based or General Finishes High Performance for a water based. Semi gloss would be my choice.

Some people have issues with semi gloss for the first couple of coats due to the flatteners in it causing streaking. Some wil lreccomend using a gloss for the first 2 coats then moving to a semi gloss for the last couple.

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 01:37 PM

I used the waterlox for my kitchen island with a 12/4 sapele top. It has been 2 years now and still looks great with only minor scratches. Note: I do not take it easy on it and wanted to get it beat up to add to the look but it really isn’t happening.

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#4 posted 08-31-2015 09:02 PM

Any problem with waterlox reacting with soap when cleaning? I made some cherry soap dishes and finished with waterlox, and it seems to make a brown sludge anytime soapy water contacts the finish.

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