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Forum topic by Gerald Thompson posted 10-17-2017 06:48 PM 438 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2017 06:48 PM

I have a friend that is going to finish a long, 30 ft., bar top. the wood is red oak and he will be brushing it. Any suggestions for a product that novice could handle?

-- Jerry


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#1 posted 10-17-2017 06:52 PM

Water based poly. I’ve done floors with it. It’s
pretty easy to work with. I prefer the foam
brushes for it.

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#2 posted 10-17-2017 06:56 PM

Loren, Any products specifically that could stand up to heavier abuse and staining?

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#3 posted 10-17-2017 07:02 PM

The gloss finishes are tougher. The semi-gloss
finishes have flattening agents in them that
weaken the finish. I’ve used Varathane recently
and it is better than the first water based
poly finishes I first used in the late 90s. I’m in
California and oil finishes are not very available
here anymore.

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#4 posted 10-17-2017 07:55 PM

+1^ I’ve used it on tables and its done very well. WB finishes will look rough until it dries so leave it alone until then.

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 09:59 PM

Not to hijack but more like piggyback into the OP’s thread for shared informal, but do you guys think that that would be a super durable finish for a botched block countertop? Not for cutting on it, but for standing water and stain blocking abilities. I’m torn on this, can’t find what I’m looking for, if it exists. Don’t even care about sheen anymore, I’m down with gloss if needed.

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#6 posted 10-17-2017 10:12 PM

I’ve seen it hold up for years on oak stair treads.

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#7 posted 10-17-2017 11:43 PM


but do you guys think that that would be a super durable finish for a botched block countertop? Not for cutting on it, but for standing water and stain blocking abilities. I m torn on this, can t find what I m looking for, if it exists. Don t even care about sheen anymore, I m down with gloss if needed.

- Gilley23

In a word, Yes. It comes in semi gloss too.

What are you looking for that you can’t find?

-- Andybb

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#8 posted 10-17-2017 11:51 PM

The higher the gloss, the more protection the finish offers. I second (third?) the recommendation for gloss poly.

This would be my choice:

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#9 posted 10-18-2017 12:35 AM

I wonder if he should fill the pores with water based mud first.

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#10 posted 10-18-2017 10:49 AM

http://mohawk-finishing.com/catalog_browse_tech.asp?ictnbr=932

I came across this and it looks like it might fit the bill. It’s a 2K poly. Anybody have experience with this product?

I’m looking for waterproofing, some chemical resistance for normal household cleaners, really trying to make a beautiful wood countertop as durable as possible to hold its ground against 2 kids.

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#11 posted 10-18-2017 10:51 AM

Looking into the above suggestions right now, thanks guys, keep the ideas flowing.

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#12 posted 10-18-2017 09:18 PM

Anyone have any experience brushing on the 2k polyurethane? Favored brand?

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#13 posted 10-18-2017 10:00 PM

I think you will see a better finish if you use wipe on rather than brush. The wipe on poly works well.

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