Can I spray polyurethane on leather wrapped on wood?

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Forum topic by mahdee posted 02-04-2018 03:16 PM 3029 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2018 03:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut question

Just as the title said have a cane that has leather wrap on it and need to put a topcoat on the whole thing. I’ve read that water based poly is a good topcoat but was wondering about oil based. I’ve used lacquer in the past and it worked well but want the extra protection poly provides.


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#1 posted 02-04-2018 03:28 PM

Polyurethane is pretty rigid stuff, I’d be worried about overtop of that leather. I’d give Waterlox a try. It won’t feel like leather anymore, though.

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 03:30 PM

As long as the leather will not move in the slightest, it should be OK. Not certain, but oilbased might have more elasticity and, I think, more protection.

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 05:10 PM

I have done this with rope to make a rope trim around my bedroom. (nautical theme) As long as it is fairly rigid should not be a problem. I did find if I tried to bend the trim after the poly had dried it would crack. It has been up for 10+ years and never given me an issue. The rope did soak up the poly so many coats were required to get the look I wanted.

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 05:20 PM

I’ve used oil based poly over leather, denim and rope (firmly secured/glued so there would not be any movement) and never had a problem.


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#5 posted 02-04-2018 05:40 PM

If lacquer worked for you then polyurethane will certainly will.

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#6 posted 02-04-2018 05:53 PM

Thanks a lot guys for the confirmation. The leather wrap is secure to the cane via contact cement so, it should work well. Thanks again.


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