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Forum topic by WoodYard posted 05-09-2013 11:27 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2013 11:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: countertops ambrosia finish

Presently I have Mahogany countertops that I used a tung oil mixture on. Easy to touchup, etc. Easy to refresh. We are restoring an old farmhouse and want Ambrosia Mape countertops but I don’t like what tung does to Maple. Any suggestions for something clear and easy to maintain? Thank.

-- Rick Wood

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 12:16 AM

Clear to me says waterborne. Will you use the countertop as a cutting board? If not, you might consider Target’s EM9000 add the CL100 cross linker for additional durability. I am certain there are other, similar products available, but this is the one with which I am familiar. Unfortunately, like any poly, easy maintenance is not its strong suit. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 01:27 AM

What are you trying to accomplish with your finish? I had maple countertops before and all I ever put on them was mineral oil. No stains, easy cleanup, and if they needed some heavier cleaning I just scrubbed them with kosher salt. They stayed light. They did darken just a little but you’ll get that with any oil I think. Certainly stayed much lighter than if I had used Tung oil (which I use a lot…. just not on the maple counter top).

Lacquer would be pretty, but not suitable for a counter top in my opinion. If you’re going to use it as a cutting surface, then mineral oil. If you want plastic…. get formica :) (kidding…. don’t beat me up)

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 12:46 AM

Mineral oil sounds like the trick. No cutting, everything else though.

-- Rick Wood

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