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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 11-03-2018 10:54 AM

Oh, WOW! That is some nice looking wood. As for oil versus WB, I still prefer oil finishes…..even though waiting for them to cure can be a problem. But WB finishes are now almost (IMHO) as durable as oil, and many think they are even with or better than oil finishes in durability (sorry, I know of no true controlled tests to verify). Here’s what i would do: If I can keep the temps warm enough for a water borne finish, I would use it…only for the quicker drying time and the water clear appearance. For sure, there would be NO oil anything on the interior of the cabinets since the smell can linger forever. If i can’t keep the temps warm enough for the waterborne, then oil it is…and live with the amber cast. You could use an alkyd/soya formula varnish (P&L 38) and it will be a lot less amber, besides being a very good varnish (my favorite, though it can be very hard to find). For a job that size, I would choose a waterborne from Target Coatings thought there are several other good brands available.

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