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almostdone 02-08-2010 11:47 AM

Bar top finish
I built a bar with oak ply fronts and top. I am at the point of finish. I was going to use Minwax red oak stain and poly in the same can. Saves a step. I want to put two coats on the front and 5 coats on the top. I don't want to use this stuff if its not going to come out right. The bar top is the most important to me. Anyone know about this stuff? What do I do between each coat to make sure the top comes out great? thanks for any help.

user1007 02-08-2010 01:48 PM

If the bartop is really important to you I would not use the multi coats of poly approach; the top layer will still water spot and show glass rings. I would use a real bar top finish that will not water spot, etc. Ask at a paint store or woodworking supply or search online for the products and instructions for using them.

Did a quick search for epoxy bar top finishes and there were tons of links. Here is one of them.

I use a lot of Abatron's products. They make an epoxy material that is nice but pricey. You can use it for thin layers or use it for casting countertops and so forth up to something like 2" thick.

almostdone 02-08-2010 02:29 PM

Thanks, That a great Idea. no sanding, single coat, durable. I think thats the way to go.

user1007 02-08-2010 03:07 PM

Obviously you will still want to stain first.

Do shop around for epoxies. I suspect there are a variety of options, quality and price points out there. I don't do such finishes although I work with epoxies for different reasons all the time and have poured table tops with embedded objects and so forth. I don't know specific products to recommend to you other than to say I have great luck with anything from Abatron. I wouldn't get it at a box store. Wherever you get it, make sure it is within its useful life and has not aged beyond the date the expiration date the manufacturer recommends. There is another poster on this site that has been waiting weeks for his countertop to cure. It may never because of some catalyst failure between the two parts of the resin most likely due to being old.

You really need adequate ventilation with resins so don't do this until you can provide it. And do try to create an environment as dust free as possible.

You might think about asking to have your post moved to the painting section? You might get more helpful hits there? Just click on the exclamation point in the bottom left corner of your latest post and the site moderator will get the request.

And just one more naggy thing, could you click on your username when signed in and update your general location so we know where you are when responding to your posts. No biggy for this one but some times geography makes a difference in answers.

almostdone 02-08-2010 07:10 PM

Thanks for all the good info.

it99 12-07-2011 03:29 PM

bar top under layment
One more question.

I have some plywood partial sheets I have laying around that I could put together to add a second layer. I'd have to glue them to the bottom but it wouldn't be one continuous sheet. It would be peices glued together unerneath. Will that work oK?

Also if I don't quite have enough of the under laying for the bar top for the over hang, will this still add support or will it just be a waste.


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