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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 08-06-2020 02:49 AM

+1 Water based Polyurethane.
Would recommend Gemini WB poly. For more durable WB, try Renner 2 part WB poly. Only available from your local industrial coatings distributor, and requires spray equipment to apply.
Another good option is Sherwood CAB lacquer, which is one of the clearest solvent lacquers available; but again has to sprayed and comes from industrial Sherwin Williams supplier (rare to find inside corner SW paint store).

If you are not using better quality industrial coatings, best I can recommend is Varathane Ultimate Poly from BORG. It dries water clear. The Varathane Floor Finish Poly is a little more durable than regular poly, and would be my choice for table top. Follow the mfg directions closely for best performance. Very flexible application; spray, brush, wipe, and can even use a paint roller. I find Varathane tends to have slight blue tone, which is there to help it stay water clear. It can interfere with some color palette’s.

IME – GF poly acrylic is also water clear but is softer than most polyurethanes and would be my last choice for table top, but still ahead of any clear WB from Minwax in a pinch.

The GF Enduro Poly is decent WB poly. It dries clear, but can have a very subtle pink tone. Won’t notice it on dark wood, but it gets on my nerves used on white wood. GF Enduro also has a habit for the pink tones to get darker as it ages in the can. So use fresh stuff. If open can and find pink liquid, instead of barely pink tinted white color; don’t use it without testing to see if pink color tone works for you project.

What every you pick: test, test, test.
Always test the entire finish schedule on some samples to ensure you get what you desire.

Best Luck!

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