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post #21 of 25 Old 09-27-2016, 10:16 PM
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I also found this thread from Google searches.

Is there a different final coat than poly that people use for birch plywood? I'm making something for a high traffic area and I'd like the ability to repair.

It is a bar top for a coffee shop. Think laptops, cold and hot drinks, simple foods, etc.

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If you want something easy to repair I would use lacquer. Lacquer is a finish that will melt into the old finish. There are different types of lacquer and for what you are doing I would use a pre-catalyzed lacquer. It's more water resistant than the lacquer in the box stores which is a type known as nitrocellulose lacquer.
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Can I stain and then use tung oil?
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Yes you could stain and use tung oil however in order for tung oil to be water resistant it would take a number of coats and tung oil is a very slow drying finish. It may take a week or more between coats with tung oil. The best way to tell if a coat of tung oil is dry enough for another coat is to briskly rub the finish with a clean dry cloth and smell it. When there is no tung oil smell it's ready.
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Interesting. I've been coating all my stuff so far with tung oil. I use a very thin coat and apply every few hours.

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