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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

The way the grain looks in the picture I would be inclined to strip it off and start over. There is something wrong where as best as I can tell from the picture there are adhesion problems. I’m wondering how the table top was stripped and if you used a chemical remover if you got all the residue off. Helmsman spar varnish is a very poor finish for a dining room table. The finish is intended to be used on exterior wood like a front door. It’s formulated to be softer so it can expand and contract with the weather extreames of exterior wood. When you do use Helmsman don’t thin it anymore than you have to. Unless I’m spraying it I don’t thin it at all. The more you thin it, it screws with the sheen and makes it more prone to run. A table top is something that shows any defects and brush marks. It would be better if you got the equipment to spray the finish. You don’t have to buy the top of the line sprayers for wood finishes. I use a sprayer from harbor freight which costs about 25 bucks. Anyway if you are going to brush the finish you could use Sherwin Williams interior oil based polyurethane. Use as soft a paint brush as you can find and brush each coat on as thin as possible with as few strokes as possible. If you overbrush it, it introduces more air in the finish and sets up faster and shows the brush marks more. Just brush it on and keep moving with it. It should flow out and level on it’s own. If you miss a spot don’t go back, catch it on the next coat. If you can find a supplier, Behlen Rock Hard Table Top Finish would be a better choice. It is formulated just for a table top.
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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

For starters, I am going to guess you used a water based urethane instead of an oil based product? I have never seen a good oil based product react as you described to simple spills. I have seen some damage caused by very hot items being placed on a urethane finish, but normally, liquids will bead up and not penetrate the finish. Even though the water based urethanes are easier to work with, it take two to three coats to give the same protection as one coat of oil based urethane. More directly to your question, the hardest finishes you could use as a DIYer would be a good oil urethane or lacquer. Lacquer finishes are common on high end manufactured pieces, but really need to be sprayed on, several coats to make a good protective finish. The end result of a lacquer finish is much like the finish on a car, very hard and durable. I have built many bars for folks and used 3 to 10 coats of oil based urethane with great results. I have never had a complaint similar to the problem you are experiencing. If I were going to fix your table, i’d probably start from scratch. Sand it down again, fix any color flaws then apply 4 to 6 thin coats of oil urethane, sanding with 220 or 440 between coats. I personally prefer using a 4 or 6 inch good quality foam brush instead of a bristle brush. Use thin coats, resist the temptation to put on too much at a time. Each coat applied and finished with long complete strokes across the entire table. Be sure to allow proper recoat time as prescribed by the manufacturer. Don’t rush it! Not allowing proper dry time will create a “softer” finish as undercoats will not have gassed off enough and not hardened or cured.
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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

Strip, Stain and Recoat Your Old Wooden Table Top to Restore the Scarred Oak Veneer to a Beautiful New Finish Refinish an oak veneer table top that is scuffed and faded by years of kitchen use. Detach the table top and relocate to a ventilated workshop to minimize fumes and dust. Remove the old finish, sand and stain, and then coat the surface with several coats of durable water-proof clear coat before reenlisting the table as kitchen furniture. For more information on the Minwax products used in this video, click here.
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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

How to Apply a Clear Protective Finish Most clear finishes are applied with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood. After it dries, sand lightly. Then remove all the sanding dust and apply a second coat. For added durability, a third coat can be applied. Most projects will be ready for normal use in 24 hours. Be sure to follow the label directions for the product you are using. Minwax® clear protective finishes are also available in convenient aerosol sprays that are great for trim, molding and hard-to-reach areas. Stir the clear finish well before and occasionally during use. Be sure to mix in all material that may have settled to the bottom of the can. Never shake a can of clear finish. Shaking will cause bubbles in the dried finish. Always apply thin coats. Thick coats take longer to dry and are more likely to be uneven and attract dust. “Tip off” each section. To minimize brush marks and bubbles, “tip off” each section of your project at a 45-degree angle and lightly run the bristles over the entire length of the wood. Test before you sand. To be certain that the finish is ready to be sanded, sand a small, inconspicuous area first. If the finish starts to “ball up”, STOP. It is not dry enough to be sanded. Wait at least 30 minutes then test again.
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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

More directly to your question, the hardest finishes you could use as a DIYer would be a good oil urethane or lacquer. Lacquer finishes are common on high end manufactured pieces, but really need to be sprayed on, several coats to make a good protective finish. The end result of a lacquer finish is much like the finish on a car, very hard and durable. I have built many bars for folks and used 3 to 10 coats of oil based urethane with great results. I have never had a complaint similar to the problem you are experiencing. If I were going to fix your table, i’d probably start from scratch. Sand it down again, fix any color flaws then apply 4 to 6 thin coats of oil urethane, sanding with 220 or 440 between coats. I personally prefer using a 4 or 6 inch good quality foam brush instead of a bristle brush. Use thin coats, resist the temptation to put on too much at a time. Each coat applied and finished with long complete strokes across the entire table. Be sure to allow proper recoat time as prescribed by the manufacturer. Don’t rush it! Not allowing proper dry time will create a “softer” finish as undercoats will not have gassed off enough and not hardened or cured.

Best Finish For Kitchen Table

Most clear finishes are applied with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood. After it dries, sand lightly. Then remove all the sanding dust and apply a second coat. For added durability, a third coat can be applied. Most projects will be ready for normal use in 24 hours. Be sure to follow the label directions for the product you are using. Minwax® clear protective finishes are also available in convenient aerosol sprays that are great for trim, molding and hard-to-reach areas. Stir the clear finish well before and occasionally during use. Be sure to mix in all material that may have settled to the bottom of the can. Never shake a can of clear finish. Shaking will cause bubbles in the dried finish. Always apply thin coats. Thick coats take longer to dry and are more likely to be uneven and attract dust. “Tip off” each section. To minimize brush marks and bubbles, “tip off” each section of your project at a 45-degree angle and lightly run the bristles over the entire length of the wood. Test before you sand. To be certain that the finish is ready to be sanded, sand a small, inconspicuous area first. If the finish starts to “ball up”, STOP. It is not dry enough to be sanded. Wait at least 30 minutes then test again.
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Best Finish For Kitchen Table

Stir the clear finish well before and occasionally during use. Be sure to mix in all material that may have settled to the bottom of the can. Never shake a can of clear finish. Shaking will cause bubbles in the dried finish. Always apply thin coats. Thick coats take longer to dry and are more likely to be uneven and attract dust. “Tip off” each section. To minimize brush marks and bubbles, “tip off” each section of your project at a 45-degree angle and lightly run the bristles over the entire length of the wood. Test before you sand. To be certain that the finish is ready to be sanded, sand a small, inconspicuous area first. If the finish starts to “ball up”, STOP. It is not dry enough to be sanded. Wait at least 30 minutes then test again.

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