Finish for commercial coffee bar?

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Forum topic by Ben posted 449 days ago 750 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m finishing up a custom cabinet/bar job for a small coffee shop.
The counter tops are wormy soft maple and beautiful.

I want a nice natural oil finish that can stand up to water/coffee spills, steam from the espresso machine, etc…
Would Waterlox give me this? Watco/Poly?


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#1 posted 449 days ago

Pour on high gloss finish.

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#2 posted 449 days ago

Shellac…many coats of it will look gorgeous, hold up, and readily touched up in the future. I prefer amber, but clear works well too!

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#3 posted 446 days ago

Shellac is good but can be damaged by water after time. Polyuretane is very hard.

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#4 posted 446 days ago

Use some General Finishes Arm R Seal and call it a day , however noting is going to like or hold up to alot of steam

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#5 posted 446 days ago

Any commercial counter top is going to take a hammering. I suggest you forget any off the shelf products and look at a professional bar top finish in a low sheen. Oils in this instance would need too much maintenance. A commercial grade floor coating might be an idea too. JMO.

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