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I am preparing to make a table for a friend, still not sure if it will be stained or painted but would like a nice hard finish on it. Any experience with this product over paint or how to best use it is appreciated.

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I haven't personally used this product. Rich Mosher uses it and could answer your questions better. It has a fine reputation and would work well for the stain finish. I don't care for clear coating over paint. If it was me I would use a 2k urethane pigmented paint and leave it like it is.
 

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I've used behlins rock hard table top varnish. It's not for the beginner by any means.

I brushed mine on with a china bristle brush.
It's thick out of the can, so thinning it out helps with the flow.
When I got mine a few years ago, it only came in high gloss. Now you can get it in satin.
When I did mine, I didn't like the gloss, so I rubbed out the finish to a satin.

It's a good product and well worth it IMO.
It well yellow over time, but on my walnut table it now has a rich warm reddish hue to it.

If you can spray it? than I would go that route.
It also takes a long time to dry and to fully cure.
So be careful sanding between coats.
You can sand threw the finish easily if not careful.
Especially the ends.
Here's the one I did. It's 44" x 108"

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Furniture Table Wood Desk Wood stain
 

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Behlin's is the product. Not Behler's. Sanding through (not threw) is not a prob. Just use a steel wool product after making sure it is not an oiled wool.
Not tryin' to be a grammar junky. It is important that we know what's goin' on.
Multiple coats of any finish are the best way to finish.
Often, "easy finishes" just don't have the real look.
Ain't nuthin' "easy about finishing. Apply, cure, buff, apply, cure, etc......
Remember that "dry" is not cured.
Bill
 
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