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#1 posted 06-20-2021 01:08 PM


I would like to get some feedback regarding refinishing a walnut counter top. It is about 4 years old and was originally finished with ML Campbell’s Krystal product in a Satin finish. I’ve searched the forum and haven’t been able to find an answer to my question, so apologize if this has been addressed.

I started by sanding the counter, 220 grit followed my 400 and then a finishing pad, so the surface was in good shape for a new coat. I wanted to apply a new coat of the Krystal, which is where things went south, part bad advice and part my own fault.

The problem:
1) I applied a new coat of the Krystal; however, I did not add the catalyst and I tried brushing it on.
2) Of course, without out the catalyst, the finish did not dry, which wasn’t helped because brushing the finish on made it much thicker than spraying it.
3) To “resolve” 1 & 2 above, I took lacquer thinner and literally kept wiping the counter down until I was able to remove the vast majority of the poor finish.
4) The counter has now dried and is as shown in the attached images and I am getting ready to do a finish sanding again in preparation for whatever finish solution.

I really would like to be able to use the Krystal but seems that’s not practical given the application requirements and the environment because I can’t remove the counter and take it out of the house. So, my quandary at this point is whether there is another way to apply the Krystal or, alternately, what can I use instead to add a new finish that will both be compatible with the product on there and be durable for daily use. Caveat, my wife does NOT want any kind of polyurethane that will give the counter a “plastic” look. I had a local furniture company suggest General Finishes Arm-r-Seal but I’m not going to jump into anything more until I get some better feedback and advice.

Hope this was enough informationere’s where I would appreciate any advice/recommendations on going forward.

Thanks for your time!

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