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I'm building closet shelves and clothes rods from red oak. Staining with Minwax Red Oak stain. Plan to finish the shelves with Minwax Water-based polycrylic. The rods, obviously, will get a lot of abuse. Old ones were worn to bare wood. Anyone have a recommendation for a finish for the rods better than multiple coats of the polycrylic (that would still appear to match the polycrylic-finished shelves, more or less)?
 

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I believe I would finish the rods with a oil finish such as Watco Oil Finish. The constant abrasion really wouldn't be suitable for a protective coating. With the oil finish you can re-apply as needed.
 

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You can also buy split plastic covers for such, they wear well, hangers slide well on them, but you may be looking for a wood look.

I bet you figure it all out,

Dale in Indy
 
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