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Forum topic by Sgt374 posted 11-29-2011 12:34 AM 1042 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2011 12:34 AM

Hi everyone,
I have a dining table top I made using mdf core and veneer. I am
Wanting to know what lacquer of choice would be for a finish. I was thinking
Leaning more toward a softer lacquer that is easily repairable in case
The table was injured and in need of repair in the future. What are your

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 09:23 PM

Heck, go simple and use a water based finish. Put a thin barrier coat of shellac down, let it dry overnight. Lightly sand and scuff the top the next morning. Lay down 3 to 5 coats of water based finish. Pad it or spray it, your choice. A hair dryer is a handy thing to keep on hand when using waterbased, especially when padding. A light current of air across the table top will pop all the little bubbles left behind when putting on the finish. Keep a wet rag around to wipe underside of table and for cleanup.

Plus to water based. Lot let toxic, easy clean up, easier to work with.

I know that’s the quick and dirty, but I like WBF far more than it’s toxic cousins.

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 09:39 PM

I like crystalac. It’s a waterborne finish that’s extremely durable and easy to apply. I use 2001, but polyoxide would be better for a table; it’s made for bartops and floors.

I do the same thing mentioned above with shellac (I use zinsser sealcoat, which is a 2lb cut of dewaxed), though I only wait until the shellac is dry, about 1-2 hours. The crystalac dries for recoating in 30 minutes so the entire finishing schedule can be completed in an afternoon.

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