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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 11-10-2013 03:01 AM 1571 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2013 03:01 AM

I am getting close to finishing my oak reclaimed barnwood dining table. I am looking for advice on finishes. I do have an Hvlp but the use of that is limited to an unheated garage. I put some pure tung oil on a scrap and like the look but I’m not sure if that builds enough protection for the table top. I want it to be fairly easy to wipe down after meals. The finishing process also can’t be too long since we will be eating on the floor for thanksgiving if it doesn’t get done.

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#1 posted 11-10-2013 06:11 AM

If the HVLP gun isn’t going to work, it sounds like several coats of wipe-on poly may be your best bet. It will provide a much more durable finish than tung oil.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 01:47 PM

It may take until after Thanksgiving for your pure Tung oil to cure out and dry down enough to get a good application of poly.

If you find this to be the case you may want to help the oil protect your new table by applying a coat of shellac sprayed on, then after Thanksgiving apply your poly.

...just my thoughts, FWIW.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 01:59 PM

Waterborne poly floor finish. Bona Mega.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#4 posted 11-10-2013 03:06 PM

Waterlox = tung oil plus resin.. you like the tung oil… why not???

-- Who is John Galt?

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 03:43 AM

My garage is probably at worst 50 degrees right now. What could I do out there? I would like to spray if I can.

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 03:49 AM

You can spray lacquer at 50 degrees.
Why wipe on 12 coats of finish when you can spray 2 coats of lacquer?
A nice “satin” or “hand rubbed” sheen would look great.
Sherwin Williams sells the hand rubbed sheen. It is somewhere between satin and eggshell.
It has held up well on my dining table for the past 5 years.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 03:54 AM

Thanks pintodeluxe. Never sprayed anything but water based poly. May give this a shot.

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 04:23 AM

Endurovar from General Finishes. Great finish and protection. Comes in flat, semi gloss and gloss.

-- Woodworking Principal

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