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Posted on Minwax Polycrylic VS General Finishes High Performance

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#1 posted 04-04-2020 06:25 AM

Well, I ran into a Woodcraft finishing instructor and posed the question to him: Polycyrlic or GF High Perf. for cabinetry?

He recommended MW Polycrylic to spray dyed cabinets. He said GF High Performance was a good product too.

Guess I ll buy it from a Box store and continue to buy my dyes from Woodcraft. Both places give me good service but, the big Box stores give a Military Discount.

- Rivercityjeff

IMHO – Your instructor has never used any decent commercial WB finishes!

Have two local suppliers with GF industrial Enduro coatings on closeout pricing, as none of the local cabinet shops will buy it. Too inconsistent and doesn’t store well as it adds pink tones near end of shelf life.

Both carry Gemini WB poly, and it blows MW and GF off the map. No comparison in durability or ease of application. Current Mohawk and Sherwin Williams WB coatings are in same league as GF WB poly; not bad/not great. Truth is no one really likes using them; but EPA regulations force use of WB coatings and they use the least objectionable one they can afford from local supplier.

The problem in WB coatings is patents.
There are some newer Gen 3 WB polyurethane coatings in market. Target Coatings sells some. Renner is #1 in European WB cabinet finish market with ‘Gen 3’ WB poly. But due Renner licensing issues of Slayerlack to Sherwin Williams; it hasn’t been available for sale in USA. At least not until recently when Renner opened a US division. The new Renner WB poly is amazing. Try it if you can find it.

I understand wood working is a hobby for most (including me), and most want to use retail grade finishes due to availability at ‘hobby’ shops. Cant’ argue with that plan on small stuff.
But if you want the best finishes for your large projects, need to step up and visit local industrial wood coatings supplier for recommendations. ML Campbell, Gemini, ChemCraft, and all the others make professional grade coatings that perform better than anything sold at BORG.

YMMV and Best Luck. :-)

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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