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Forum topic by Darlene posted 06-18-2009 04:57 PM 900 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2009 04:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine question rustic

Well, ladies and gentlemen I need some help.
I have been remodeling and have a blond pine bar with engravings on the front and sides that I am working on. I have stained it red mahogney and it looks great!!! It is already done except for the top :)
I have put two coats of stain on the top because after sanding the wood just absorbed it. I still have some areas that seem to have soaked it in still
Will the poly shine this up or should I put another coat of stain on it?
this is my second round with the top as the first time I did it a helpful hardware man told me to use the foam brushes and my poly buibbled
So i sanded it all down again and re-stained. I need your help ….
Should I purchase the spray poly or brush it on (and this time I would use a real paint brush)
then on the sides that I have already finished I see some areas that I would like to be darker, can I just put stain over it and re-poly or should I use the gel?
I love working with wood and did so years ago but from reading your blogs you guys and gals are it!
Please be kind enough to help me on this
Thank you so much
Darlene the escrow officer in Tucson, Az

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#1 posted 06-18-2009 05:15 PM

For a bartop I would use this. You wont have to worry about scratching it or denting it, since pine is so soft in the first place.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 06-18-2009 06:49 PM

thank you It looks like I need a sprayer for this and I am a wood virgin :) don’t be offended by the phrase
I really have to do everything by hand
What do you think about the rest of my questions?

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 06-18-2009 07:09 PM

Darlene, another option for your bar top would be polyurethane. Poly has excellent resistance to water and alcohol spills and offers pretty effective surface protection. If you go this route I would suggest a wipe on poly, which you can make yourself by diluting oil base poly 50:50, and wiping it on with a clean cloth or paper towel. It will take several coats to build the finish but I can usually apply a new coat every 4 to 6 hours with a light sanding between coats. The sheen of your bar top will be determined by the final topcoat.

If you have areas on the sides that need additional coloring you can apply a toner with either the stain or gel on top of the poly but you will have to let it dry thoroughly before topcoating since it will just be sitting on the surface and not bonded to the wood. If I were going to do this I would seal it with a spray coat of shellac and then put another coat of poly on once the shellac has cured (30 to 45 minutes). But always do a test piece first before tackling your project with a new technique.

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