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Forum topic by SouthernBoy posted 01-29-2014 11:41 PM 677 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2014 11:41 PM

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I have made small projects and just thrown some poly or lacquer on it and called it done. But I am now building my first major project. I am building a new vanity for my bathroom. I am using walnut plywood for the sides, face, door and drawer fronts. My question is what is the best way to finish this project since it is in a bathroom that can get a little damp from steam and water spillage? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 11:46 PM

Not lacquer or shellac.

You might be interested in trying Le Tonkinois. It’s pretty easy to use, can be brushed on and if applied according to directions, is practically waterproof once cured. It is softer than most finishes and very glossy but it is also easy enough to clean and recoat if necessary.

Le Tonkinois

Most people would recommend some sort of polyurethane. Those products would be fine but I haven’t used any of them myself for years and thus haven’t actually tested them under adverse conditions.

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 12:20 AM

Waterborne poly floor finish will perform as well or better than any brushed finish.

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 12:35 AM

If you are clear coating the cabinet consider using a marine varnish, a catalyzed lacquer or poly. What ever you use be sure to seal ALL edges. Make sure that you do not use any MDF. My choice would be catalyzed lacquer, but I have spray equipment.

Look forward to seeing the post.

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