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Farmhouse table finish

Hi all! I recently completed a farmhouse table, and wanted to finish it with Behlen's Rockhard Table Top Urethane Varnish, the satin version. It's made from poplar. I used a stain controller, then dyed with transfast, then used a gel stain. I sprayed a couple coats of zinnser bullseye shellac (spray can) on top of that so we could use it for Thanksgiving dinner. I will now take it back into the basement for final finishing. I have a few questions about using this stuff. I intend to brush it on. Do I need to thin it with something? I've read differing opinions on this, and I'm a little confused. I know there was a change in formulation some years ago, and that just adds to the confusion. Some say that you must use a special thinner that Behlen's makes (not sure what that is), and others say mineral spirits and various other mixtures of things. Also, can I use this on the base/legs, etc.? I'm pretty much a beginner with woodworking and finishing, and want to do this right. I've attached picture of the table.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-26-2018, 03:47 PM
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table looks really great !! fine craftsmanship.

how cold is it in your basement ?? excess humidity ??
what do the directions say on the can for application ???

it is a very good practice to use 100% Mineral Spirits
if a product calls for "paint thinner".

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My basement is fairly warm and dry. I don't have specific measurements on this though, just how it feels to me. I'll follow the directions for sure, just figured that folks who have used it before might she'd some light and share their experience. Thanks for the compliment!
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I just picked up a can of it, and just sloshing it around it sounds pretty thinned out already. I don't think any additional thinning will be needed. It says it cleans up with paint thinner or mineral spirits.
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