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#1 posted 07-17-2017 08:57 PM

Great thread idea John. I’m really looking forward to discovering new things from it. Here are two that I like.

For any tabletop or countertop that needs to be extremely durable and water repellent, I can recommend from experience: Three coats of Waterlox Sealer/Finish, wiped on, not brushed. Followed by three coats of Waterlox urethane (I prefer satin), wiped on as well. Watch out doing the urethane in higher temperatures since it gets sticky quite quickly.

For a beautiful, natural look on fine hardwoods it’s hard to beat Tried & True products. They are just amazing. Be sure to follow the directions and the results are nearly foolproof. Start with their Danish oil and/or Varnish oil in as many coats as you have the patience for, then top it off with a few coats of their Original finish.

Another product I found that I really love isn’t a finish, but a polish for maintaining a finish, is by Mohawk and called Scratch & Mar Resister Polish. It leaves a beautiful sheen and, like wax, helps reduce scratching with its slick surface which makes it less likely that an object will dig in to the surface.

Of course, there are countless products and recipes for great looking finishes. These just happen to be two that I can absolutely guarantee good results with.

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

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