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jefflz

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1223 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: redwood cabinetry finish polyurethane tung question

I am looking for a protective coating (matte finish) for old growth redwood cabinetry in both kitchen and bathroom. The wood – originally rough-sawn but quite soiled, has been planed and sanded to give a smooth surface. One suggestion has been “Good Stuff” polyurethane wipe on, and the other has been tung oil mixed with citrus solvent. I was wondering if anyone can offer advice. Most of the surfaces (all but one) are not going to have objects placed on them- just handled often since there are no knobs – only smoothed slots for hands to open drawers and cabinets.

The total surface area is very large.
Any thoughts on how to attack this project?

-- Jefflz, Sausalito


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cabs4less

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#1 posted 1223 days ago

are you wanting a film finish or oil

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 1223 days ago

I am a huge fan of MLCampbell MagnaMax. It comes in a satin and dull for a really flat sheen.

It is a pre-catalyzed lacquer that dries very fast. I can do 3 coats in an hour. It covers and flows out wonderfully. It hangs beautifully on vertical surfaces.

It is rated for use on kitchen and bath cabinets and I have been pleased with the way it really does hold up. It blows the doors of the Sherwin Williams lacquers I was using.

You will need to use an good sprayer to be successful with any finish, especially for large surfaces where dry spray and “fingers” always show up with a poorly adjusted or cheap sprayer.

My Favorite Finish

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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wisno

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#3 posted 1221 days ago

Can You spray?

If you can spray (you have facilitation to do spray) then you have many choices of finishing material.
For the strength and durability the i would choose the polyurethane coating or conversion varnish.

Clear coating types for wood finishing

Thanks

wisno

-- http://www.wisnofurniturefinishing.com/

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Earlextech

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#4 posted 1221 days ago

Always spray. Better finish, better control, less waste, easy cleanup.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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hObOmOnk

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#5 posted 1221 days ago

Hand-rubbed Waterlox for an artisan finish.

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jefflz

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#6 posted 1220 days ago

Thanks for all the suggestions to date. I don’t have access to decent spray equipment so I am attracted to the hand-rub approach which eliminates drip issues. I don’t know MagnaMax but will look into it. I am not familiar with Waterlox but have read good things about it. I have samples now of three coats sand one coat of “Good Stuff “polyurethane paste on smooth sanded redwood. It does give a rich look with out gloss.. Three coats give a hand-rubbed furniture depth. We’re talking about a lot of drawers and doors (30 of each) that have to be taken out and treated so I am not jumping into anything as yet.

-- Jefflz, Sausalito

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jefflz

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#7 posted 1218 days ago

Because of the vast area of newly sanded old-growth redwood surface that needs treating with at least two or three coats (thirty cabinet doors, 30 drawers , corresponding cabinet sides, several large solid doors) – the spray method looks most efficient. I have two pro’s with the right equipment who are considering the job. I have been cautioned away from lacquer and have also found that GoodStuff gel is too hard to use properly and not the right material for this very large job. I am looking at Minwax Wipe-on Poly which can be sprayed on and wiped off to give a hand-rubbed look – reasonably quick drying. I read that Waterlox takes along time to dry so multiple coats are problematic. Are there any other spray-able materials that should be considered for an efficient treatment giving a clear satin or dull finish? Being able to use the comments on this site as a basis for asking questions of the pros has been very helpful.

-- Jefflz, Sausalito

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John Ormsby

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#8 posted 1218 days ago

Be careful with the type of rag or applicator using wipe on. Cloth will most likely grab a sliver from the deges and damage the wood with a chip out. I have found using the small white and green styrofoam applicators found at Home Depot work very well with most woods. Redwood is a very soft wood and is cared for a bit differently than other wood types.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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