Many years go, I coated a simple plywood top workbench with
a polyurethane stain. Has worn like iron.
Am putting together another similar workbench, and I see now that they
(also) have water based polyurethane stains
Would be nice not to have the odor when applying the stuff.
Are these as good as the non-water based (old) variety ?
Pros and cons ?
I vaguely remember a post a few months ago indicating water based soaked
into the wood. Thereby lasting longer than oil based.
Again, my memory fails me sometimes. It may even have been a post from Effi.
The bestwater based polyurethane exceeded the best oil poly for wear a long
time ago as tested by Nat Wood Flooring Assoc. They conducted their tests
while representing both manufacturers.
Get into the cheaper brands and all bets are off, they tend to have a
higher acyrlic content, easier for spreading but less for wear.
As for water based polyurethane stains, do you mean water based stains or
some new product to mix in the polyurethane? (Do not dilute your poly)
The new water stains are quite good from the flooring manufacturers, dry
quickly, no laps. Compatible with oil and water finish.
Lots of myths and misinformation floating around....
Can't speak to water based Polyu stains but I've had great success
using TransTint dyes in water based lacquer. The dyes can be mixed
with a number of liquids and are very versatile. Check them out at
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