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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 08-01-2013 09:33 PM 714 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lateralus819

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08-01-2013 09:33 PM

I just applied my last coat of danish oil to my completed hall table. I’d like to get a mirror finish on the top. What would some options be other than poly? I do have an air compressor, its only a 5 gallon, not sure if it can handle the needs of a spray gun.


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#1 posted 08-01-2013 09:44 PM

Shellac, especially if you french polish it, will give you an incredible mirror finish. I like shellac (a lot) but it’s not something I’d use on a table top..it scratches easily (though it’s easily repaired) and is not as good with spills in that service. My choice would be a non-poly varnish, probably Pratt and Lambert 38, but could also be Sherwin Williams Fast dry oil varnish. They are both alkyd resin, so they don’t have the plastic look that a polyurethane formula has. The P&L uses soya oil and has a much less amber appearance than the SW (linseed oil) and given enough time to cure, either one can be polished to a nice gloss. The curing time is a bit lengthy….so that might be a problem; I know it is for me from time to time.

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 09:47 PM

lacquer?

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 09:57 PM

It’s a gift, so I’d like to give it away next week.

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 12:00 AM

Bona Mega for a brush-on. CAB acrylic lacquer for a spray-on.

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 12:21 AM

Your compressor can handle it. Shellac is not durable for surfaces. Wax dulls. Laquer gasses off for months and people sensitive to it will not like it.
What wood is it?
Poly, Arm-R-Seal, is probably your best bet if you need it in a couple days. Get gloss and depending on your choice of wood you may need a sealer first or it will just soak into the wood.

Charles Neil (fellow LJ) can help you out with this.

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 01:33 AM

The top is quartersawn sapele, the rest is african mahogany/maple.

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#7 posted 08-02-2013 02:02 AM

Very thirsty wood. I’d check with Charles about weather or not to seal that first and what to use. Of course if there is any end grain on the top it will have to be sealed anyway. Sometimes routed edges expose end grain and while not completely necessary, I’d seal them up.

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