Finishing a bar top table

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Forum topic by Natedawg4081 posted 09-10-2011 08:37 PM 1542 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2011 08:37 PM

I am building a new bartop table and refinishing another one. My question is this

They will be placed in direct sunlight indoors for most of the day. What should I use to remove the tackiness on the existing ones and what would I use to refinish afterwards for a short term. Pouring a new bar top is a ,ong term fix but takes a while to cure. Should I just wet sand and polish? What type of UV protectant is recommended and is food safe.

On the new ones I plan on pouring a epoxy bar top and coating with a marine varnish.

-- Nathan Corson

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 11:48 PM

I started refinishing refinishing restaurant furniture and bars because my family were in the restaurant business – a nice captive client base.:)
For bar tops, I’ve used Behlin Rockhard Table Top Varnish

It’s a short oil phenolic resin varnish that is very durable and can be applied by brushing.

For stripping off old finishes, I’ve started using Franmar SoyGel with great success.

Bro. Tenzin

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 04:29 AM

Does the tabletop finish have any uv inhibitors. The table in question has a softened finish due to the sun and heat hitting it all day.

-- Nathan Corson

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 03:44 AM

Nathan – as for stripping the old finish, I’ve tried several chemical strippers and have had fair luck with them. Went to a home show several years ago and tried a SoyGel. It was more environmentally friendly, but I wasn’t happy with it.

I worked for a master cabinet maker who introduced me to cabinet scrapers and now I’m hooked. I stumbled across an old Stanley #80 scarper in a flea market and now it is the only tool I will use to refinish anything. I can scrap down a table top in a fraction of the time I spent with chemical strippers and it does a smooth, clean job. The only drawback is learning how to sharpen these tools. There are methods explained by googling the #80 scraper. Besides the #80, I own a set of card scrapers (1 straight edge, concave and convex).

As frustrated as I was learning to sharpen these tools, It was the best time investment I have ever made in my woodworking endeavors. Good luck!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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