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Forum topic by Tom Regnier posted 07-06-2013 12:11 AM 1050 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom Regnier

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07-06-2013 12:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak finishing

Looking for advice on a good top coat for my kitchen cabinets (oak). I sanded and stripped off the old tired finish and applied Watco Medium Walnut Danish oil…they look great and now I need to finish them with some type of top coat. I was going to use a standard semi gloss poly on them but thought I’d throw it out to LUMBERJOCKS and see if anyone has had success with another type of finish.


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#1 posted 07-06-2013 01:07 AM

I think your first thought is a good one. In a kitchen you want something tough and easy to clean. That sounds like poly to me. Some of the professionals on here might have a different perspective.

-- Dave K.

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 01:34 AM

Water borne poly. I like crystalac super premium.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 07-06-2013 11:02 AM

I have used watco walnut Danish oil and finished with general finishes arm-r-seal with great results

-- David

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#4 posted 07-06-2013 11:17 AM

When I refinished years ago, I cannot remember how many pieces, including a number of sets of kitchen cabinets that I spray top finished with semi-gloss poly. Little Johnson’s paste wax over the top, and it rubs out beautifully and is fairly easy to apply. I never used water borne, always oil based, but with today’s technology I don’t think it makes much of a difference.

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#5 posted 07-06-2013 12:58 PM

Waterborne poly floor finish.

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#6 posted 07-06-2013 01:26 PM

+1 on poly for that application … I do it a bit differently, and have had very good results. I make an ultra-thin wiping poly (~70/30 – VM&P Naphta/Poly) ... flood the surfaces for just a minute, then wipe it down. This ensures good coverage and it seeps into any crevices/seams. After that, just keep wiping on the ultra thin coats without wiping back … when you get the look you want … add another coat or two … let it all cure … rub it out. I use 3-M FINESSE-IT in various grits for the rub out and it looks great.

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