: Hi all, recently I varnished my bar top with Behlen Rockhard Tabletop
: Varnish. The advice I received from the place I bought the products
: from was to use this on the top and General Finish Arm-R-Seal Urethane
: Semi-Gloss Topcoat on the front and sides. Although it looked OK on a
: couple of pieces of scrap, I didn't care for the contrast of sheens on
: the bar itself. I put three coats of the varnish on the top, and I
: stopped after putting two coats of urethane on the front and sides,
: seeing that it wasn't going to give me the loop I wanted.
: My question is, is there any gotchas with topping the urethane with a
: couple of coats of the varnish to get a more even look?
Polyurethane doesn't bond well to other finishes, so you
might have adherence problems. I would suggest
a coat or two of shellac, either as a replacement for the varnish, or
as an undercoat (shellac bonds to most any finish).
-- Andy Barss