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Default What type of Polyurethane for covering kitchen butcher block counter?

I intend to resurface our kitchen butcher block counter.

Since we don't tend to use it for direct food preparation or chopping,
I am leaning towards polyurethaning it rather than coating it with oil
or beeswax. My thinking is that since I won't be chopping on it,
polyurethane will lead to a longer lasting surface without the need
for regular recoating.

Question is what type of polyurethane?
- Oil vs. Water based
- Interior vs. Exterior (spar urethane)
- Satin vs. Semigloss vs. Gloss
- Any brand recommendations?

I am looking for a surface that is the most durable and will show the
least wear-and-tear while still being safe for food surfaces.

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blueman wrote:
I intend to resurface our kitchen butcher block counter.

Since we don't tend to use it for direct food preparation or chopping,
I am leaning towards polyurethaning it rather than coating it with oil
or beeswax. My thinking is that since I won't be chopping on it,
polyurethane will lead to a longer lasting surface without the need
for regular recoating.

....
I am looking for a surface that is the most durable and will show the
least wear-and-tear while still being safe for food surfaces.


The toughest thing I've seen used on this kind of surface is a two-part
epoxy coating that you pour on. Don't know if it would suit you, but
it's like encasing the whole countertop in Lucite. Talk about durable.

If not, then I'd go for an acrylic lacquer or catalyzed lacquer. Very
tough.

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blueman wrote:

What are the benefits of 50:50 dilution sprayed with cup gun vs. using
unthinned either brushing on or using lambskin applicator?


Consistency in coating thickness if you are used to spraying. Smoother
texture, and best of all NO FIBERS when the applicator starts to come
apart.

Build coats will be smoother with spraying as you will not be building
on top of applicator strokes.

If you cannot spray, get yourself disposable short nap applicators.
These work very well inside. Make sure you orient the nap to pull the
finish rather than push it. Buy several and throw them away after each
coat. If you use these applicators thin your poly a little to help
application.

Robert



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