Which Type & Brand of Finish for Inexpensive Maple Kitchen Tabletop

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Forum topic by BigMig posted 05-19-2017 08:18 PM 1918 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2017 08:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple table top poly polyurethane solvent

I need to strip and refinish the top of a kitchen table. The legs are painted, so only the top will be redone. It’s made of maple segments, definitely not an expensive thing, but I’d like to remove the existing (worn) finish, prep it and apply a durable and attractive finish.
So the questions are: Poly or other product? Water based or solvent based? Brand? Application – foam brush, cloth? (I don’t have a sprayer).

It’ll get used as a kitchen table – meals, drinks, food spills, etc. You get the picture


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 12:16 AM

Water based poly applied with a brush. Mix slow so as to not get bubbles into the poly. Dries real fast, 3 coats will give you a deep, durable finish. If you want to darken the wood some, use a oil finish first and let it dry, then poly it.

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 12:45 PM

Since you don’t have a sprayer, ob poly. Minwax works well, their only product I will use. WB dries too fast for brushing large surfaces for me, and because it dries fast doesn’t level. I haven’t practiced much with brushing wb since I usually spray it.

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#3 posted 05-21-2017 09:33 PM

Thanks, guys…I had not considered the area – I haven’t had much recent experience with larger projects – so the fast drying aspect of water based might not be a good thing for this project.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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