Best finish to resist damage from wine?

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Forum topic by ardbeg posted 05-16-2012 11:57 AM 1289 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2012 11:57 AM

An unusual request perhaps. A friend and I are making new communion dishes for church and I want to see if anyone has experience with a good finish that will hold up to wine being spilled on it. Many thanks!

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 12:07 PM

Whew, that’s a tough one. Do they need to be food safe?

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 04:25 PM

In the best of all possible worlds—yes. However it is actually indirect food contact.

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 04:46 PM

Poly is a good choice. If you want a super-finish
use a two part epoxy or finish sold for bar tops.

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 05:27 PM

Otherwise for the finish I second the epoxy type finish. Perhaps even an outdoor/marine finish like epifanes

In the article Torture Test for Outdoor Finishes (FWW, issue 205), one of the best finishes was the combination of a penetrating epoxy sealer under Epifanes marine varnish.
So the penetrating epoxy sealer may keep the wine at the surface at least

Good luck
Could: :-)
go “White wine only”

Could also make the communion dishes out of purple heart or bubinga which would hide the stains well.

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 05:30 PM

Varnish. Shellac will not resist alcohol. Polyurethane would work too. If you want something as hard as nails, use Behlen’s Rock Hard Table Top varnish.

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 08:35 PM

It sounds like a small project. Rattlecan lacquer or poly is all that you’ll need. Don’t overwork the problem.

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 09:26 AM

Thanks all. What made me ask was that I was originally thinking poly, but had someone tell me they had wine eat thru it over time. That surprised me but…

Dr dirt: we are definitely a red wine crowd. ;) dishes are being made of cherry in a modified shaker box model.

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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