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Forum topic by MarkHouse posted 08-11-2018 04:38 PM 1371 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MarkHouse

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08-11-2018 04:38 PM

Hi, Im completely stumped. I made a walnut table for a friend and used Rubio Monocoat for the finish, let it cure for 7 days and my friend has been complaining about scratches in it already. I’m going to take it back and sand it back down and try again. Should I be using something different? What is the toughest furniture finish you’ve used before? She has three young kids so this table will be a beating. Should I be looking at a urethane or something like that?

Thanks!

-- Mark House


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 08-11-2018 05:43 PM

Never heard of it. Did you contact the manufacturer and see what they say?

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#2 posted 08-11-2018 05:52 PM

The reason your stumped is there isn’t any finish that will stand up to young kids.
If you can spray then look at conversion varnish. But then you would already know this if you can spray.
Most just go with polyurethane. If you need something harder with higher solids is If you used a lot of cleaners with ammonia. They will soften some polys in a short time.
For a hard use table in family setting embrace the wear and tear.
Rubio has some good oil finish that are easy to apply.

-- Aj

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RobS888

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#3 posted 08-11-2018 06:31 PM

Try 8 or 9 coats of satin arm-r-seal.

I made a stool for a large bay window that the cats use as a tv. No scratches and it has stood up to the cat vomit.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#4 posted 08-11-2018 07:42 PM

Never heard of it, their site says its an oil finish, so dont be stumped – oil finishes are not very hard and a poor choice for a dining table esp with young kids. CV if you are set up to spray it. Plain old MW OB poly or other brands will hold up well. Ive had good luck with Target EM9000 wb poly, havent tried other brands. Precat laquer probably wont hold up to the kids. Point is you need a hard film forming finish, and oil is not, regardless of their mktg.

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Rich

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#5 posted 08-11-2018 08:53 PM

Conversion varnish is about the toughest finish out there. Be careful though, it’s virtually impossible to remove if you mess up.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 08-12-2018 12:47 AM

If this is a really nice table, and I am sure it is, you might want to suggest having a nice tempered glass plate cut to fit and have the edges polished. I would be very up front with the owner in that there is no finish made that will stand up to a bunch of kids slamming and spilling all over a fine custom table, period, end of story.
The other thing is that walnut is soft and the least thing will dent it no matter what finish. The glass will stop all of the above. It’s not cheap, but neither is a custom made live edge walnut table either!!! When the kids are gone or grown up enough they can remove the glass plate and enjoy a nice table.

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#7 posted 08-12-2018 12:55 AM


If this is a really nice table, and I am sure it is, you might want to suggest having a nice tempered glass plate cut to fit and have the edges polished. I would be very up front with the owner in that there is no finish made that will stand up to a bunch of kids slamming and spilling all over a fine custom table, period, end of story.

- msinc

Glass, tempered or not, and kids banging on it is not a good combination.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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