Novice with refinishing-best sealer/finish for dining table?

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Forum topic by AMB2 posted 05-26-2014 08:51 PM 1027 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2014 08:51 PM

I purchased a 54” round dining table from a thrift store and removed the existing paint through sanding, then removed the stain underneath the paint. It is bare wood now and I have plans to rub on wood conditioner, special walnut stain then seal it. In the past I have used water based poly and have had great finishes from it but I am not sure if it would be the best protection for a dining table. I am a total novice when it comes to refinishing wood pieces and am just learning a bit here and there as I go, but working with anything oil based intimidates me and we don’t have a sprayer (I understand some finishes need to be sprayed on only?). Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 09:58 PM

I like minwax wipe on poly. I use one of the very low nap paint applicators that are designed to do trim work and it works very well. here’s the type of applicator I use. I put some minwax on on a paper plane and dip the applicator in it. Then apply it to the wood. the nap on the bottom is directional so I always spread it in the direction the nap lays down easiest. About the only wan to mess it up is to over work the finish.

good luck

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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