I have refinished a Maple dining table, and would like input for what
is the best clear finish to put on this. I dont want to stain, as I
love the color it is.
I would like something that will obviously resist scratches, since
this will be only for eating at.
I made a cherry dining room table 20 yrs ago. It has been in daily use ever
since and the four coats of urethane have never been renewed. I love
varnish but urethane stands up better to the inevitable knocks.
My dining room table is finished with "Behlen's Rock Hard Table Top Varnish"
and it has held up very well. I made the table about 8 years ago. This web
page talks about this finish:
http://antiquerestorers.com/Articles/SAL/tablevar.htm . I have no idea how
reliable this web site is -- I just found it by googling on "Rock Hard Table
Top Varnish," but what it says fits with my experience. I did rub out my
finish. Rock Hard Table Top Varnish is available from the usual suspects
(Woodcraft, Highland Hardware, etc.).
If you do not want an amber finish (almost all traditional varnishes will be
amber colored) then you might want to look into some of the new water-based
finishes as well as lacquer, but those are outside my realm of experience so
I can't offer any advice in that area.
As I understand it, wax is used as protection from mechanical wear. The wax
coating(s) provide a slipery surface, so that plates, silverware, or other hard
objects will slide over the surface of the table, instead of digging into the
finish. Wax does not protect the finish against light, liquid, or heat.
<< Subject: Re: Best finish for Dining table???
From: "Graham Walters" graham@*spam*aceglow.demon.co.uk
Date: Tue, Oct 12, 2004 11:38 PM
Could someone please explain the purpose of applying a wax over a
polyurethane finish. Also what type of wax?
On 12 Oct 2004 05:59:27 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Tracer)
I wouldn't use polyurethane. It's a bit yellowish, but mainly because
there's one finish that's even harder. Acid-cure formaldehyde resins
are used for flooring and also for bars and tables. It's a two pack
paint you mix before use (not an epoxy or isocyanate though).
Easy to work with, although they do smell disgusting during
application. They harden and lose the smell completely within a few
Rustin's "Bar Top" would be a UK brand. Look for "Plastic Coating"
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