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Forum topic by JKMDETAIL posted 10-07-2017 01:57 PM 549 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2017 01:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak finishing refurbishing

OK, I have looked through some old post on table top finished and most of those have been around awhile. I am working on refinishing a table for a customer. Table is oak with a black stain (not my color choice). They are wanting a long term durable finish for an heirloom piece of furniture. She was talking of passing down to her children and they have not been married very long. So need a durable long lasting finish.

My dad used a marine spar varnish 50 years ago on a table our family still uses and has held up really well. Are there better options. Not wanting to break the bank, but want a happy customer.

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#1 posted 10-07-2017 02:07 PM

Modern spar varnish is not suitable for a table top that will be used. I don’t know about the properties 50 years ago. Spar varnish is made to remain a little soft and pliable so it can expand and contract in different climate conditions without cracking. Owners of wooden trimmed boats will refinish the spar varnish fairly often out of necessity. I would use polyurethane for the purpose but there are a lot of people who like varnishes with other resins better. I spray a lot of lacquer and I really like the look but I don’t think it is as durable as the varnishes. Pre-catalyzed lacquer is more durable but it is expensive and harder to obtain. I am only familiar with it from reading about it.

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#2 posted 10-07-2017 03:21 PM

Conversion varnish is a good as it gets. But it needs to be sprayed. If you cannot spray CV or it’s too pricy polyurethane is good. I doubt any of us are making heirloom furniture these days. Thanks to our disposable society.

-- Aj

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