Maple Countertop Finish Advice - Not in kitchen, but needs to be hardwearing

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Forum topic by Prizen posted 02-07-2017 01:22 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2017 01:22 PM

Hi All

I currently have a maple countertop which requires finishing. Here are the details:

1. Will be in a laundry room, where washing machine and clothes dryer are. Does not need to be food safe.
2. Need it to be hard wearing.
3. Would prefer to avoid that shiny “plastic” look.

Any advice on how best to finish it?


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#1 posted 02-07-2017 06:21 PM

Butcher block is usually finished with mineral oil, but that’s not good for a laundry room where the oil may transfer to clothes. If you don’t want a plastic look, then I’d use Watco Danish Oil or several coats of Minwax wipe on poly in satin. The minwax poly would be more durable, the Watco more repairable.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 06:26 PM

For durability without the “plastic” look, I normally use Minwax wipe-on poly, but I apply it like Watco; wipe-on, wipe-off. 3-4 coats like that gives you a nice finish with some durability, and doesn’t look like your typical poly finish.

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 08:03 PM

Thanks guys, sorry i didn’t mention that this is a finger jointed countertop.

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 08:12 PM

I’m throwing in my vote for wipe-on poly. It’s easy to apply, and durable.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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