I've struck out on Google, so here goes...
I'm finishing a mahogany table with Waterlox sealer/finish, the medium
sheen stuff. This table WILL occasionally get water dripped on it, as
it's designed to hold a terrarium. Do I need to add a urethane
topcote to the top?
Normally, I'd just go ahead and do it, but this table is made of
pattern grade mahogany, some of it quarter sawn, and I'm really
digging the look of the Waterlox alone and don't want to risk spoiling
it. I've applied three coats, with a light 0000 steel wool rubbing in
If I use urethane, I usually use Waterlox brand.
Barry, I had a similar situation with a walnut dining table. I wanted to use
an oil finish, but walnut gets that white ring from water. I ended up putting
many coats, probably 8 or 10 on and have had no problems. You could finish a
piece of scrap and see if water stains it so you would know how many coats are
necessary to protect it.
On 09 Apr 2004 01:07:33 GMT, email@example.com (MGirolami) wrote:
This is why a linseed oil finish was admired, but required *many*
applications through the life of the piece to get the stuff into the
wood and for it to polymerise. People settled for a couple of coats
of quick-dry urethane instead.
In my experience, so long as you use several coats of the varnish, you
will be fine, so long as you don't let water stand on it for a long
time. I use Waterlox on my workbench, among other things, and have
been very happy with it.
On Fri, 09 Apr 2004 00:40:10 GMT, B a r r y
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