Does water base poly look close to cabinet finish?

PoorOwnerApril 7, 2010

I am trying to match the sheen of kitchen cabinets.

Poly is not quite it, too thick and yellow does not look like the conversion varnish that was put on the doors.

I am thinking to try the waterbased poly in satin, since it goes on clear. It's for crown molding job so there isn't any contact or wear and doesn't really need a heavy duty finish.

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Generally, no. The consumer-grade waterbased poly that I've used (Minwax) had a distinctly bluish cast that I found unpleasant.

Lacquer might be a better choice.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 9:04PM
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Try Deft waterbased finish. Several coats. The gloss is clear and the semigloss is milky but will be clear when it dries. Easy to apply.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 10:35PM
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I used Varathane's Diamond Water-Based Polyurethane on some laundryroom cabinet interiors I built with great success against marring, scratching and laundry soap damage. Nice clarity on the maple too with no bluing in the finish.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2010 at 11:18PM
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Circus Peanut

I'd avoid poly. In the same situation, I found that the best match (in gloss as well as texture) to commercial conversion varnish was Mohawk's spray tone finish clear lacquer.

Here is a link that might be useful: spray lacquer

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 9:10PM
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Circus Peanut

Hey, poorowner, I dug up a pic for you. We used recycled cabinets for my kitchen remodel and made a bunch of extra panels, shelves, feet, etc that I had to stain and finish to match. I used aniline dyes and the Mohawk satin finish spray lacquer linked above, and nobody has ever guessed which wood is original and which is new:

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 8:54AM
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