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Forum topic by Patrickgeddes14 posted 05-13-2019 04:15 PM 173 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2019 04:15 PM

I’m doing 2 coats of stain then want to seal is up with something. Realizing oil based polyurethane is not the best option, I’m looking for some other choices instead. The boards have a mostly roughsawn face and I plan to keep the look by sanding only with 400 grit, to remove the ends of large fibers and small ones, in hopes to maintain the look but also have a somewhat smooth surface. What are some options?

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#1 posted 05-13-2019 04:26 PM

So this is the same table you were asking about using epoxy to hold the boards together???

Now you want the rough sawn face “but also have a somewhat smooth surface”.
I just don’t see getting that both ways but for a good surface that is easy to keep clean and provides good wear resistance I would use a water based polyurethane that is rated for use on flooring. Three coats will last for many years.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 05-13-2019 04:54 PM

Epoxy idea is gone, getting boards properly squared

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#3 posted 05-13-2019 04:55 PM

Nothing wrong with poly, oil or water, for that. It’s not like it’ll have a ton of chatoyance anyway, so water based is fine.

There’s also catalyzed lacquer which is always my choice just because I have lots of experience with it. Finally if you want a virtually indestructible surface, go with conversion varnish.

No matter what you choose, do lots of test boards. Like literally dozens. I don’t know you and don’t intend to criticize, but you seem as though you rush headlong into things and then come here to ask why it went wrong. You shouldn’t do any finish on your project until you have a detailed plan, written down, that you’ve done successfully at least two or three times on test boards.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#4 posted 05-13-2019 05:01 PM

Arm-r-Seal or Odies

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