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Recently added a layer of poly to my coffee table in an effort to protect against water stains and dog claws. It looks like crap! It's so obvious that I simply added a layer of "plastic" and ruins the looks and feel of the wood. Any advice for next time? Oils? Grease? What. ? I'm new to real furniture ownership.


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Recently added a layer of poly to my coffee table in an effort to protect against water stains and dog claws. It looks like crap! It's so obvious that I simply added a layer of "plastic" and ruins the looks and feel of the wood. Any advice for next time? Oils? Grease? What. ? I'm new to real furniture ownership.

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Wiping varnish. 4 to 6 coats. Rub it out. Paste wax. Train the dog and children to use coasters.

Poly has been shoved down our throats as if the wood requires a Ft Knox strength finish and we raise monsters in the home. Who's the boss?

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Ah, poly, the classic woodworking trap. Durable finish, but leaves the wood feeling plasticky. Mostly because its plastic. Anyway though, next times finish really depends on bow durable you need the finish. For example, my personal favorite wood finish is shellac, but its really not the strongest thing in the world. Laquer usually gets high marks in durability, especially the pre-cat stuff, but I can't speak from experience on how it makes the wood feel. The best advise for a finish I can think of is grab some scrap and a few different finishes and try them out. See how you like the application process, how you like the feel of the finish. Take some sandpaper to it, see how it holds up. Get a feel for the different finishes, that way next time you have a nice little knowledge base to fall back on

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Hey it's too bad we all don't tell the manufacturers to stop pushing the plastic and give someR and D $ to perfecting our best finishes. Hint hint, water is not the answer.

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