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#1 posted 10-26-2018 05:22 AM

Assuming you’re not planning to color them, oil will add depth that you won’t get with a waterborne finish. Use test boards of course, but my first pass at it would be to oil it with something like tung oil, or walnut. The result won’t be much different between the two. Add some drier if you don’t want to wait 48 hours or more for it to dry.

Then I’d spray lacquer. The sheen is up to you, but Sher-Wood CAB Acrylic is really easy to spray. For cabinets, you don’t need the durability of pre-cat, and the CAB will remain clear better than a pre-cat.

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