Question about finishing a maple kitchen table. I would like to keep this
as non-yellow as possible. In addition, there are two kids who will also
be using this table--which means a tough finish.
Normally, I would use an oil-based varnish, but I want to minimize the
yellow cast to the finish. So, I've been thinking about using a water base
finish. Since I've never used water base, I would appreciate feedback on
how it stands up to abuse (Flexner's book suggests it doesn't do well with
heat--hot cups and plates directly on the top are likely with two kids).
Or can someone suggest another finish that is relatively non-yellow and
tough. Oh, I DON'T have spray equipment.
Thanks in advance for any help
Doesn't stand up as well to heat is a relative thing. I'm pretty sure you
will find a water based varnish stands up pretty well compared t any other
finish.. No common finish stands up to really hot water or oil based.
When you get down to the cured chemistry of the whole thing there isn't any
really wide gap between cured oil based poly/varnish and water based. Same
resins just different carriers.
You have a cuppla options. The one I would do is go to your local home
center or lumber yard and buy some Deft brand laquer. Comes in a spray type
can with an adjustable spray tip. Pretty handy. Since you don't have much
to do, I would get a cuppla cans and put on enough coats as you can stand.
The second option is one you mentioned. Water born acrylic urethane (I use
minwax brand). This stuff can be brushed on and goes on fairly clear
without the yellow that the oil based stuff will present. I have also tried
the spray on (minwax) polyacrylic. It might be just me but I hate it. It
seems to have a blue tint to it. Anyhoo, good luck and let us know how it
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