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#1 posted 03-01-2021 06:12 PM

Nice looking project AJ!

Wow, didn’t realize how hard it was to find wood finishes in Alaska, till I started looking?

General Finishes web site claims Anchorage Remade sells their products? If you can find the WB Poly or HP Acrylic at that location, they are both OK WW WB finishes. Not durable enough for table top, but work fine for furniture that is mostly looked at. Most of Enduro products add some color, which don’t want. Used GF HP acrylic and Enduro for drawer boxes until BORG Varathane WB poly become available much cheaper. The BORG Varathane WB poly for floors is clear and has clear aluminum oxide fillers to make it extra tough.

Have spray some SW Slayerlock WB poly, but only twice. Not fan of it, as there are better finishes available, for less money too. Sprays best with turbine HVLP sprayer due temp sensitive viscosity, and high flow required for proper atomization. Using a standard gravity HVLP gun had a very narrow operating range. Is also an older generation of WB poly licensed from Renner in Italy. The SW Slayerlack water based poly wants to lay down heavy, and typically creates a thick film coating. Two coats and it looked like plastic wrapped around the cabinets I was spraying. YMMV?

While not water based, one option would be nitro cellulose lacquer. It is water white, easy to spray, dries fast, and low cost. Can typically buy Deft brand clear lacquer on PPG stores. I see you have a PPG industrial store in Anchorage? Deft also offers a WB acrylic polyurethane, but have never used it.
Mohawk sells it’s Nitro lacquer via some Finishmaster (automotive finishing) stores too.

Checking out some of various wood coating mfg, and beyond SW, PPG, GF and Mohawk; I don’t see anyone selling ‘furniture grade’ wood coatings from usual folks like Chemcraft, ML Campbell, Gemini, Renner, or Akzo Nobel brands in Alaska?
If cost is no concern, can always use Automotive clear coat compatible with plastic bumpers. The plastics in sun/rain expand and contract like wood keep inside home. There are some decent WB clear coatings available that work on wood, but WB clear tend to run $200-$400 gallon. Finishmaster, PPG, SW, and even NAPA or O-Reilly sell these materials in random stores. Finishmaster carries many Axalta finishes. Including the old Imron solvent based 2K poly clear used on cars/furniture in 60-70’s. It is not so popular these days as folks spraying it had respiratory issues due isocyanates, and learned you need full hazmat suit and outside breathing air to apply it? Axalta has newer WB clear coatings, if you can afford them. One of their ‘glamor’ WB poly clear coats lists for $900/gallon. :(

Best luck.

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