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Forum topic by WillInTheMill posted 1713 days ago 677 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WillInTheMill

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1713 days ago

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Hi everyone,

I am about to complete my first side table project. I built it out of Pine, because I plan to use this as a test and then make some nicer ones out of a nicer wood now that I have learned a few things and made a few mistakes. :-) I have finished it so far with primer and one coat of interior paint. Is there anything else that I could put on the table top and the inside of the drawer to prevent scratches or wear over time? It will be a bedside table in our guest room, so it won’t get very heavy use, but I would of course like to keep it looking nice. I don’t want to add a piece of glass or anything like that, but are there top finishes that you recommend that I put on over the regular paint? Something that brushes or sprays on? Thanks in advance for your help!

-- Will, Tampa, FL


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scrabby

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#1 posted 1713 days ago

Will, I recommend three coats of poly-acrylic blend top coat (aka water-base poly). It can be easily applied with a foam brush, dries within a few hours, and little odor if that matters. For best results, sand (hand or ROS) with very fine (320+) paper between coats after the coat hardens.

-- Jim, North Vancouver, BC

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WillInTheMill

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#2 posted 1713 days ago

Thank you! That’s the kind of info I’m looking for! Is there a particular brand that works best? Will it have a sheen to it? In other words, would I have to apply it to the whole project, or would just the top look okay?

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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#3 posted 1713 days ago

Minwax, Varathane, and General Finishes all make good quality poly-acrylic blends in both satin sheen and semi-gloss version (you need to use a poly-urethane or varnish to get higher gloss levels, I find). Different gloss levels on the same project would be noticable, of course – I typically do 2 coats (in the same day) on the base of a table or cabinet, and then 3 – 4 coats on the top.

-- Jim, North Vancouver, BC

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