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What type of finish for oak backsplash?

Posted by ajsmama (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 8, 09 at 11:54

Ok, it's not a backsplash but it'll get the same exposure to coffee, rice cooker "spitting" etc. Just no sink on my island. Had custom sides made up to trim out recessed/dropped center on my island. Also need to finish panels over/under fridge cabinet but those will just be exposed to dust, not liquids/food. We'll be doing oak valance and crown too.

Thin piece under plugmold

Under plugmold

Sides (before)

before_left_top

After (so you can see what I'm talking about finishing)

Left side stained

3" panel over and under fridge cabinet (yeah, no more gaps!)

Over frdige - grain

I don't know whether to ask carpenter to spray lacquer (I had bad experience trying it on a coffee table in Oct), use brushing lacquer, or just go with water-based poly (DIY). Don't want to use oil-based poly b/c of ambering. Do the water-based polys hold up to liquids?

Thanks


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RE: What type of finish for oak backsplash?

Don't use lacquer and don't spray anything that is already in place. Use a good brush on Polyurethane like Varathane. You want a water proof finish in that area. Don't worry about the slight amber color.


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RE: What type of finish for oak backsplash?

You don't say why not to use lacquer (though I'm not fond of it) and whether oil-based poly is better than water-based. Nothing is installed - just fitted (side pieces are L shaped so just set on counter to check color and take pic). Is water-based no water proof? Carpenter says it is once it's cured.


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RE: What type of finish for oak backsplash?

Lacquer will blow off the wood in a very short time. Waterborne polyurethanes, especially the two-part products, will not and are very water resistant.


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