Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
there is a guy in Orlando (I am in Kissimmee) that sprayed his "pub tables"
with two part automotive clear. they looked great for a couple of years.
but due to our excessive humidity changes, the wood moved but
the clear didn't. you can only imagine the nightmare he went through.
so far, no one I know has come up with a foolproof finish for table top
coatings outside of the epoxy that pubs and BBQ joints use.
and even then, they become tacky and sticky after a few years and have
to be refinished. it is just the nature of the beast with wood tables.
when you say you need the finish to dry quickly and not be sticky may not work.
research what the restaurant uses to clean their tables with.
if the cleaner contains ammonia, alcohol, bleach, and other harsh chemicals,
there is the culprit for degrading the finish. you have to work within those
parameters to find the compatible finish that won't break down over time.
the commercial tables are far more susceptible to this issue than our dining room tables.
all the best and good luck !!
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