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12-22-2015 12:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing hickory question

Anyone use Waterlox on counter tops. I have a job to finish a kitchen and bathroom counter top. I did a little research on the finish and wonder if anyone have experience with it. They have a marine grade and was going to use that. Any thoughts would be helpful or should I go with something else. It’s a Hickory countertop no staining, just raw wood. Last question, would I seal the bottom as well as the top.

I know how to finish wood just haven’t used this product.


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#1 posted 12-22-2015 02:23 AM

Hello Bill,
We used Waterlox Original to finish our dining room table and it has not shown any signs of wear from plates & stainless steel-wear (can’t afford silver), hot and cold drinks, spilled food etc. My complaints are its odor during application and it darkened the wood much more than I preferred. Recently my wife – Paula – suggested I use Gen’l Finishes Arm-R-Seal to finish a padouk slab table for a friend of mine so I made test blocks using the Waterlox and the three grades of A-R-S (not trying to be funny with this “acronym”) and my friends and my wife and I agreed that the A-R-S was clearer and gave a better finish than the “Lox”. Its odor during application is not as bad nor intoxicating and it dried in less time.

Paula found and article in Fine Woodworking that compared finishes and the A-R-S got a more favorable evaluation than Lox and other brands. It was the Feb 2015 issue, “Wiping Varnishes” and it got a “Best Overall” rating. I know this is just one person’s opinion but I was happy with its results on the padouk and wish I had it when I did my table. In the short time since its application the my friends have not seen any scratches or drink rings on their table

Also, I’d seal the bottom too. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 04:49 AM

My other choice was ARS, pun intended, since I haven’t used Waterlox before I thought it might be a better choice. Since the is no place in town to get Waterlox I would have to have it shipped to me. Another minus for Waterlox and I really don’t want the wood to darken too much. I do like the bonding nature of Waterlox and it is supposed to be quite easy to apply. Well I do appreciate the input and food for thought.

Thanks much,

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 09:20 AM

I built kitchen counters from recycled barn beams, doug fir. They were stained and top coated with 3 coats of WLox original. That was 5yrs of abuse and I just mentioned to wife that the finish is holding up great! Whatever you use I would definetly put finish on all sides. BTW I never noticed any odor worse than any other finish? But that may be just me LOL

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 04:05 PM

The video is a little long but if you will take the time, this will answer all your questions.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 04:49 PM

That’s some good feedback. If it lasted that long then it should be good for a little more abuse. Thanks for the input.

Hey Texas boy,
Looks like a good video I will definitely go through the whole thing when I get a minute. I browsed through it briefly. I appreciate the link.


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#6 posted 12-22-2015 06:03 PM

They use it on floors, and bowling alleys. Should be pretty tough. I use it on wine cabinets on cherry. Prettiest finish ever used on cherry. However it can be a PIA till you get use to it. Has a tendency to run in a heartbeat, and hate the dry time but it’s nice!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 07:56 PM

I used Waterlox on my oak hardwood floors & stairs when I refinished them about 15 years ago. They’re still in great shape even with animals running around the house. If I ever want to make them look new again, I can go over them with another coat of Waterlox, but I don’t see a need to do it any time soon.

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 02:37 AM

I recently finished a wood worker bench with multiple coats of Waterlox. I am really impressed by what a guard and durable finish this is:

-- Dr C

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#9 posted 12-27-2015 06:12 AM

Thanks all for your input, I do appreciate all the great info. I have decided to go with Waterlox. I think it will be interesting to use a new product. I will have to get a few pieces to do some trial and err. Hopefully the lady will like the look. The guy that is building the countertops is a bit behind I could have made them faster myself. It’s two ten foot kitchen countertops and a vanity. I will put some pictures up when I get it done.

Again thanks all for your input.

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