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mzaslavsky 07-20-2013 02:50 PM

Oil-based or water-based lacquer finish for interior doors?
At the current stage of our remodeling I have dark-color stained doors and planning to do poly/varnish finish. Which one would look better and be more durable: water-based poly/varnish or oil-based? Regarding the look, I mean which will fit in our modern style interior. I've never done a finish and I don't want to screw anything in the way the doors will look. That's why sorry for perhaps stupid question...

Dave Sal 07-26-2013 02:58 PM

I think an oil based finish will be more durable in the long run but that shouldn't be an issue in an interior location. I replaced most of my builders grade hollow core doors with solid core six panel oak doors a few years ago. I stained them a dark color to match the rest of the trim (Minwax Jacobene stain) and tried to match the finish so it had the same sheen. I used satin finish poly and it was a perfect match. You should try to match the finish of your other woodwork in the home, flat, satin, or glossy.

spraygunn 07-27-2013 08:44 PM

How do you plan to apply the varnish? If spray, then I would highly recommend acrylic poly. If you plan to use the brush then definitely go with the oil base. If you choose to go with oil do a little research, some polyurethanes only have 5% urethane while others have 51%. Write the manufacture and question them as to the % content.

Brushjockey 07-27-2013 08:49 PM

Look at Zar finishes. They are excellent across the board.
Fave waterborne ( hybrid alkyd in waterborne ) is Zar's Ultra Max satin.
Easy to brush like an oil- very little odor, dries fast, but not too muc
h like most waterbased.
Great stuff.

user1007 07-27-2013 09:00 PM

One nice thing about waterbased clear coats is they will not yellow like oil-based ones will. Oil finishes can be a little easier to work with as they do not dry so fast as polycrylic type materials. With either you want to work with quality brushes suited to what you choose. And do not overwork the finish or you will leave brush marks.

cdaniels 07-28-2013 08:25 AM

I'm with Brush..Zar is the best WB I have used and I have used a lot of them.

Jmayspaint 07-28-2013 09:10 AM


Originally Posted by cdaniels
I'm with Brush..Zar is the best WB I have used and I have used a lot of them.

Stays Clear was my favorite... Until I used the Zar. Most of the Zar products I've used have impressed me.

ToolSeeker 07-28-2013 07:11 PM

Another vote for Zar.

KD PAINTING 07-30-2013 08:48 PM

Oil-based or water-based lacquer finish for interior doors?
I would go with oil-based for your interior doors. Good Luck!

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