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#1 posted 01-07-2021 10:22 AM

The Wood Works stuff looks a generic water base acrylic top coat. Acrylic tends to be soft finish, and not something I would use for durable table top in house with kids; but works ok for static show furniture. Looks similar to GF High Performance sold in US. Being a Klutz and part time chemist, tend to use most durable finish I can find. Table tops needing durability get a commercial grade conversion varnish, catalyzed lacquer, or polyurethane in my shop. Sprayed some Renner WB poly recently, and it is so tough, that cheap sand paper doesn t scratch it. Have to use high grade abrasives like Zirconium to sand away a mistake. Scuff resistance is amazing too. :-)

Thanks so much for all of that info. It is greatly appreciated.

Does this product seem more appropriate than the WB acrylic top coat I had linked before?
Or perhaps this one

I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the choices you mentioned (Polyurethane, Catalyzed Lacquer or Conversion Varnish). Is any one of them better than the others? Or what are the basic properties of them so that I can make more of an informed decision.

I’ve also seen Tung Oil and Danish oil mentioned. Are those alternatives to the above options? Or do they serve an entirely different purpose.

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