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Forum topic by dpjeansonne posted 11-13-2009 06:10 PM 866 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2009 06:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table finishes tables polyurethanes finishing

I just built a 4×8 dining table using cypress wood. Now I have to put the finish on it. I want to use a tough, hard finsh that can take some abuse especially water stains.
Is a good grade poly adequate or it there better products out there? Either way please add the application process that you recommend.

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 06:13 PM

Check out waterlox. That is what I used on my countertops that I just built. I used the origional. Worked out great.

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 06:33 PM

There are a lot of people that like General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I used it on an accent table, but it hasn’t seen enough use to have an opinion on durability. It’s usually mentioned along with Waterlox. It’s a wipe-on, which means fold up an old t-shirt, dab it enough to soak the edge, and wipe on with a long, smooth arc. Nice satin finish, and easy to apply several coats.

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 08:35 PM

Certainly polyurethane would a good choice for this application. It will dry to a hard, durable finish that is not damaged by exposure to water, alcohol or other chemicals. Wipe-on ploy is applied similar to CaptainSkully’s recommendation for Arm-R-Seal. Put some on a clean cotton cloth or paper towel and wipe the finish on.

Another product, that I have not used, but which has been posted here is Mirror Coat. This is a two part epoxy finish that is specifically designed for table top and bar top applications.

But whatever topcoat you decide to go with be sure and apply a finish to all sides of your table. The underside needs to be sealed to even out moisture penetration.

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 09:08 PM

Waterlox is easy to repair and fairly easy to apply. Scratches will go INTO the wood should they occur. Poly is tough and scratch resistant, but should you need to repair it you will be refinishing the entire top. I would avoid a two part epoxy, not b/c it wouldn’t work, but b/c it would be very expensive and quite difficult to apply to a large 4×8 surface if you are not familiar with it. In the end poly would be my choice because you can build it up and rub it out for an extremely tough and very smooth finish.

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