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Old 03-01-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Got new kitchen cabinet doors, they are oak with redwood stain.
Should i vanish or polyurethane them to protect from fading, discolor or wear?
Have anyone of you done this?
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #2
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Hey quincy,

Yes, I have done it to our own kitchen, but I used lacquer because I can. This is where polyurethane SHOULD be used instead of varnish, however a top quality poly should be used. Either Minwax or Pratt & Lambert "Varmor" would be your best bet. The Minwax has a 51% urethane content and the P&L has a 48% urethane content. This is no place to skimp. A varnish can have a 5% urethane content and be legally labeld polyurethane. Which would you rather have? By the way, both Minwax and P&L are both floor polyurethanes. You don't get much tougher than that. Two maybe three coats should last you till retirement age.

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Not to argue with spraygunn but after lots trail and error on my own home floors over the last 30 years , I have found that Varathane to be the best poly out there, IMHO.
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Varathane is a good product to be sure. I've used many gallons of it and forgot to mention it. Years ago manufactures were required to list their ingredients on the product labels, not so today. I'll have to do some looking to find out the urethane content.
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Varathane is a good product to be sure. I've used many gallons of it and forgot to mention it. Years ago manufactures were required to list their ingredients on the product labels, not so today. I'll have to do some looking to find out the urethane content.
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I must of sat here 10 minutes racking my brain to come up with the name, just to lazy to go out to the garage and look. What is surprising is that I believe Lowe's carries it, one of the very few good products they do carry
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For whom have done this, what sheen did you applied? Semi-gloss or satin?
I am debating between the two.
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Hey quincy,
That choice is personal preference, however the higher the sheen usually the harder and more durable the finish. My cabinet doors are finished using "hand rubbed effect" lacquer. That's a fancy way of saying semi gloss. I finished two end tables using the same lacquer and they look great.
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Using lacquer is a nice one I used it for a long period of time for my cabinet, tables and furnitures and I agree to spraygunn that its look great
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I would use Duraseal poly. It can be found at Sherwin Williams and online. We have used Minwax and other polys for years, but have found the Duraseal line to be better. We have a floor refinishing division and only use Duraseal sealers, stains, and poly. Even on a gymnasium floor I would use Duraseal, that's how tough of a product it is.
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Im curious, where did you get the Minwax contents. None of the website show its.
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Did yu buy them finished? why would you have to add a clear top coat?
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Your question to me? If yes then yes we bought them finished, want clear coat to protect them from wear and fading.
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Are you sure they are only stained? They may already have factory applied top coat.
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Not sure if only stained or top coat apply, any test to find out if top coat applied or not?

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