We have a new casual oak dining table in the breakfast area, and want to
protect it from water rings, etc., but don't want to hide the table under a
table cloth or pad. Someone recommended a spray on product called Dep(?)
but we can't find it anywhere.
I am thinking about some Satin Wipe-On Poly, (link below), but I don't know
if that would be a bad idea. Opinions?
Any other suggestions?
Wipe on poly info: http://www.minwax.com/products/protective/wipe-on.cfm
There is a spray finish Deft that might be what you heard, a
nitrocellulose lacquer that doesn't do too much for water rings
although it is repaired easily. Consider a waterbased polyurethane
like Flecto Varathane, read the label as they make oil based also.
Thin it a little, 15% or so, with distilled water and wipe on with
lint free rag. Waterbased stuff doesn't amber like oil does, lacks
odors like oil and dries FAST. Scuff sand between coats. Wipe maybe
3-5 coats. Use gloss to avoid cloudiness that flatteners cause.
Just my $.02. A very close friend wrote a book on Hawaiian Furniture.
In order to protect this antique and modern extremely valuable stuff,
he advocates that you use only a hard wax - like carnauba. Using
something like Pledge is not advocated. I am assuming that the
polymer stuff has things that would get into the wood grain as well.
Just get a hard wax and polish several times a year. Wipe with a damp
sponge to clean from time to time. Looks very nice and is good for
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If you want to mess with putting a poly or whatever find out what its
coated with now from the Mnfg or you can ruin your table from new
finish compatibility issues. Follow their instructions or use glass
Glass was the best answer. I assume your table already has a finish on
it. If you don't want to use glass, try coasters and place mats. Do not
try to put another finish on top especially polyurethane. It will almost
certainly not properly stick. You might try a hard wax like carnuba. Water
rings will be more obvious but are easily fixed since the old wax can be
removed and a new coat put down.
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