Table Top Finish- Polycrylic and Polyurethane

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Forum topic by ErikF posted 08-15-2012 01:21 PM 5877 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2012 01:21 PM

I’m working on a 42” round table right now and have a few questions about finishing the dining surface. Polycrylic has been my go to for most furniture pieces but none of the furniture I have built was intended to have cups of liquid resting on the surface.

What I have: 1 can of Varathane water based polyurethane and 1 can of polycryclic.

Since they finishes are both water based can I pt down a base with the polycryclic and finish it off with some top coats of the polyurethane? I want the look the polycrylic gives the wood and the protection of the polyurethane.


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#1 posted 08-15-2012 02:42 PM

Aren’t both polyurethane? Polycrylic is a water based poly finish. Why not just use the water based only?


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#2 posted 08-15-2012 04:21 PM

I am really not sure to tell you the truth. I have read that polycrylic doesn’t handle spills very well and that it easily spots. Anyone know if this is accurate?

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 05:51 PM

Short answer is that, in my experience the water based poly is fine.

I almost always use water based paints and finishes. I have a HVLP sprayer and keeping everything water soluable makes my life easier. So when I built an aquarium stand, I painted it with a latex paint and I sealed it with a couple coats of Polycrylic. It has been in existence for a year now, getting salt water drops on it every day and once a week it gets a bit of splashing on it when I do my weekly maintenance. Absolutely no problems with the water contact.

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