Do i have to polyurathane??

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Forum topic by BigKen posted 05-02-2014 10:11 PM 1042 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2014 10:11 PM

Im making a few bathroom pieces (vanity light and toothbrush caddy) that will have stained wood on them and i was wondering if i had to apply poly to them since they will be in a rather wet area at times? These pieces are using rough reclaimed wood and mason jars and the look im going for is a very primitive rustic look so if i can get away with just staining them that is the look i would like

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 10:17 PM

You could try something like watco Danish oil. You can choose a color and it will be a protectant. Not as good as poly but better than nothing. Also a satin finish poly will not really appear to have much on it.

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 10:16 PM

Agree to the Satin Poly. Stain by Itself …........ Nope!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 01:05 PM

big ken – You’ll need something over the top of the stain or it’ll keep coming off onto things forever. Buy a small can of oil-based satin wipe on polyurethane. It really is easy to apply and is not bad to apply.

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 01:50 PM

You’ll never be able to clean without some type of hard finish. Cleaning toothpaste off bare wood sounds yucky.

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 01:54 PM

Thanks everyone thats what i was thinking

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 01:56 PM


That is a very good point i didnt think of, ive got 3 little girls toothpaste is bound to get on it

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