I'm almost done finishing my new white oak kitchen table with Waterlox
Original (medium sheen). I did weeks of book and internet reading on
finishes and decided that Waterlox seemed to have a good blend of
durability, repairability, ease of application and "non-plastic"-looking
appearance. It purportedly can be rubbed out to a high gloss or rubbed
back to a matte finish after it has fully cured.
It's my understanding that any of the poly varnishes might produce a
harder finish, but fixing future scratches or chips will be
significantly more difficult than with Waterlox (or any other finish in
Flexner's book compares the two types; perhaps you can get it from the
library. If not, it's a wonderful value for $12.
Certainly other folks here have more direct experience than I, but so
far I'm pleased that my decision to go the Waterlox route is turning out
If you have not already done so, a Google search of both web and
newsgroups will turn up lots of info and opinions.
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