a quick cabinet door finish (plywood)

homeboundDecember 18, 2012

Due to budget constraints of the new owner (frugal mother of friend of mine), I'm looking for a quick and relatively inexpensive method to apply a protective finish coat some new kitchen cabinet doors. They were made out of finish-grade plywood by the DIY seller. They are stained with minwax stain, but appear to be bare otherwise. If I can apply something without removing the doors, all the better. The doors are clean.

Any ideas on products and method of application? I was thinking of brushing on some quick-dry polyurethane, but wondering if wiping on something water-based might be quicker and better.

Thanks much.

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mike_kaiser_gw

Plenty of waterborne finishes out there. I've had good luck with products of General Finishes. Remember, while they may dry to the touch quickly, curing takes much longer.

There's also a brush on lacquer that dries very quickly as well. It does stink to high heaven, so you'll need good ventilation.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 5:11PM
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bobismyuncle

I spray w/b, and yes, it does dry quickly. You might have a hard time getting it to wipe on well.

About the most foolproof finish is a wipe on varnish. You can do three coats a day over three days and be done.

Choosing a finish.

Finishing for first-timers

Wiping varnish

Here is a link that might be useful: Wipe on varnish tutorial

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 6:30PM
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homebound

Thanks guys.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 7:49AM
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