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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 12-13-2012 10:43 PM 1082 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2012 10:43 PM

We are remodeling our kitchen including granite counter tops. Our kitchen island which is 24” X 48” where we will be installing a Maple end grain butcher-block. This will be used as a cutting board a lot. Since this will be near the sink and have dishes, pots and pans etc. I decided to finish it with Waterlox. I wanted something more durable then the salad bowl oil that I use on my regular end grain cutting boards. My question is, how many coats should I apply? The underside will be over the dishwasher with a vapor barrier in between. I think that side should have extra coats?

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 03:53 PM

Usually , Waterlox will build a nice finish in 3 or 4 coats, , end grain 5 may be required, at the point you have a nice sheen , your done. Waterlox does quite well, and is durable. In the world of finishes , more doesnt mean better.If you were doing a set of steps where traffic wear and so forth existed, then a few xtra coats would be fine, but in a normal application, not the case, heavier films are more prone to break down than thinner films. if you have 3 or4 coats your good,

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