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Forum topic by SpudMuffin posted 09-19-2018 10:03 AM 1647 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2018 10:03 AM

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I have built a couple of bookshelves with pine board. What’s the best finish to make the surface harder and more scratch/ding resistant?


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#1 posted 09-19-2018 12:06 PM

4 coats of Armour Seal. Or replace with ash, oak or walnut :-)

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#2 posted 09-19-2018 01:06 PM

bookshelf ??
there really isn’t a lot of wear and tear on bookshelf boards. (compared to a coffee table).
I am thinking that any good quality polyurethane will work just fine.
depending on your skill level for application methods and products you have access to..
if you over think it ~ it will surely be over thunk !!!
best of luck in your project.

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 01:31 PM

Not sure why you need to harden a bookshelf, but if you really want to, you can always use epoxy. Of course, it sort of defeats the purpose of using pine, which is the cost.

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 02:41 PM

Short of infusion, nothing. About the best for the hobbyist is poly. Thin regular ob poly, like minwax, 1:1 with ms, flood on the surface for 10 min, keep it wet, then wipe off, repeat after it dries. This allows the finish to soak in as far as its going to. Add coats with the desired method and film thickness. The wood fibers below the finish are still soft and will fail creating a dent if something hits it hard enough. Arm r seal is 1/2 the solids of mw, so no need to thin it.

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