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Need advice for finishing cherry counter top

I have built a solid cherry vanity for our master bath, My wife wants the counter top to also be solid cherry. The bowl is one of those solid bowls that sit completely above the counter top. Of course my main concern is water damage. The rest of the cabinet finish is sprayed laquer. I was thinking of using some sort of marine varnish for the counter top. Or, maybe I don't need to be that concerned, maybe some other more common finish like the spray laquer, polyurethane, or shellac? Any comments, thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated.
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You might like Envirotex clear acrylic pour on coating.

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I agree with mics. For what you want I think a thick clear coating is the only way to go.

The latest issue of WoodSmith (Volume 30/no. 180)has as article on pouring/applying Resin coatings.

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I don't know, in order to avoid future problems, I think you better make it out of laminate and send that big hunk of useless cherry my way so I can properly dispose of it for you.
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I agree with Mike send the Cherry to him or to me. But,if you decide to keep it I would first apply a coat of shellac(an excellent water vapor barrier) Then two or three coats of Waterlox Original Varnish in the sheen of your choice.

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I agree with Mike send the Cherry to him or to me. But,if you decide to keep it I would first apply a coat of shellac(an excellent water vapor barrier) Then two or three coats of Waterlox Original Varnish in the sheen of your choice.

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I agree with the Waterlox. I might use their sealer in lieu of shellac, and then topcoat with the desired Waterlox sheen.






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I like the Waterlox idea. I have checked out their website and it looks like an excellent product for this application. Thank you all for the suggestions.
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Why would you use their sealer ?.

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Why would you use their sealer ?.

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Just a wild and crazy choice.






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ICA 2k Urethane LAC367 with the appropriate Polyester sealer (FP272 I think) is the only thing that I would use.

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MD- I'd like to know what product you decided to use, application techniques & the results. If you poured resin or envirotech, any tricks?
Mics, or anyone, have you ever used the resin/eviro. in any application? I'm thinking of using it on my kitchen counters and sure could use so feedback about results. Thanks Heather
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I decided to use the Waterlox product in the medium sheen. I applied four coats and am very satisfied with the appearance. I do have one concern though. I noticed that if I lean onto the counter top with my palm for a short period of time, say to brush my teeth a hazy palm print remains that cannot be wiped away. However, after an hour or so the palm print has disappeared completely. This continues to happen even after the product has cured for over two months. I'm not sure what is going on but as long as the appearance returns to normal I guess I'm not too concerned.

Water droplets missed when wiping off the counter top seem to have no impact whatsoever on the appearance. Just wipe away the mineral deposit left behind with a damp rag and all is beautiful again.

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Mike,
Since I'm thinking of maybe sealing paint, embedding objects or even a veneer on kit counter, Waterlox isn't the product I should use, may be ok on a tv tray or something. I ordered resin/hardener from US Composites to test samples of ideas I have for the counter, BEFORE I even think about diving in, I know it could get messy and might discourge me from going forward. The tech rep spent 20 mins on the phone answering my q's and I'm pretty comfy about the testing phase, at least. I could just put in a new counter, but I want to get creative, and if it doesn't turn out, I won't stress. I saw somewhere on a forum a guy used the kleer koat on a pool table, I might have to track him down. Thanks for the info. Heather
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I have built a solid cherry vanity for our master bath, My wife wants the counter top to also be solid cherry. The bowl is one of those solid bowls that sit completely above the counter top. Of course my main concern is water damage. The rest of the cabinet finish is sprayed laquer. I was thinking of using some sort of marine varnish for the counter top. Or, maybe I don't need to be that concerned, maybe some other more common finish like the spray laquer, polyurethane, or shellac? Any comments, thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated.
To finish your cherry top successfully, here are some tips.
Lacquer finishes are fine for the purpose as long as they are catalyzed.
If you have a splash on the back or sides, be sure to glue them onto the top with water proof glue before finishing the top. This is the most vulnerable spot. Also, flip the top and seal the back too. This will prevent cupping and preserve dimensional stability.
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Finishing your cherry top, here is an answer

To finish your cherry top successfully, here are some tips.
Lacquer finishes are fine for the purpose as long as they are catalyzed.
If you have a splash on the back or sides, be sure to glue them onto the top with water proof glue before finishing the top. This is the most vulnerable spot. Also, flip the top and seal the back too. This will prevent cupping and preserve dimensional stability.
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