Most Appropriate Finish


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Old 04-30-18, 06:10 AM
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Most Appropriate Finish

I recently built a workbench with a double-thick oak plywood top. The bench will primarily be used for gun cleaning and hand loading, so the top may inadvertently see oil and solvent.

I am looking for a finish that looks good and also will function to protect the bench top. I am considering an oil finish (Watco, Tung, BLO) followed by polyurethane. Would this work for my purposes, or is there a better option? Stain followed by a different protective layer?

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Oil finishes don't normally get top coated with poly, I'd use one or the other. Oil base poly is more durable than water based poly.
 
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Oil based poly is my usual choice.
 
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Old 05-19-18, 06:38 PM
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Oil based poly for sure. If you do want to color it with an oil based stain before using poly, wait a couple days after application then wipe it down with a clean cloth and poly over it. The poly will allow for easy clean up and is pretty resistant and you can repair it if you scratch or gouge it. If you spill or damage the top with just an oil finish you're stuck with the damage.
 
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Old 05-19-18, 06:50 PM
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Personally I would stick with plain tung oil. Poly will get scratched up by the metal parts. The tung oil will be easier to refinish and renew as needed.

And definitely do not put poly tung oil.
 
 

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