View Full Version : Finish recomendation please

Andrew Gibson
05-19-2010, 10:02 AM
I am getting ready to build a table for my Fiance. The Table is a display table for a Bonsai Tree. It will be out of Sapele and hard maple.

I have been thinking about this and I need to use a finish that will do a good job of protecting against water. The Bonsai gets watered daily.

I have used waterlox a few times but I am getting tired of throwing away $10+ worth of finish when I don't use the last 3rd of the can in time.

I used and liked General arm-r-seal on a couple tables for a friend and I like the way they turned out and the durability seems to be there as well.

Both the sepele and the maple have some good figure in them so I would really like something that will bring out the figure nicely.

Any suggestions?

Cameron Reddy
05-19-2010, 10:54 AM

Use this to save your left over Waterlox.

McFeelys has the best price that I've seen.

Scott Holmes
05-19-2010, 11:21 AM
I recommend Waterlox Original.

Ditto on the Bloxygen.

OR store the left over Waterlox in a smaller container. Air trapped in the can is the problem...

Joe Chritz
05-19-2010, 11:39 AM
The big three varnishes for brush or wipe on are Waterlox, Behlen's rockhard and P & L #38. Each has a slightly different look and final characteristics but all are excellent finishes.

I rarely use a wipe on finish but keep a can of Behlen's around for when I do.

Something to take the air out of the can helps a lot I hear. Marbles dropped in take up the space. I thought about unhooking the line to the CO2 for my home brew kegs and using that like Bloxogen.


Andrew Gibson
05-19-2010, 12:25 PM
Looks Like I am on the right track with waterlox, I have to say I do like the results I have gotten with it and finishing it off with a coat of wax for that satin sheen. I picked up a can of Bloxygen with the last can of waterlox I bought... someone threw it away,I guess they thought it was empty :mad:. nothing like throwing away $10 worth of air...

I tried the marble trick with limited success.

I may have to try P&L or the rockhard as the price seems considerably less, especially sense Waterlox price jumped.

Trevor Howard
05-19-2010, 2:36 PM
Not to change the thread, but how long does Waterlox usually/approximately last. I am using some for the first time on a dresser top.

Scott Holmes
05-19-2010, 6:14 PM
In the can or on the project?

In can as long as air doesn't get to it. on the project it will last for a very long time...
It is a top notch high quality varnish.

Neal Clayton
05-19-2010, 7:25 PM
you guys could always just break it down into quarts, that's what i do. unless you're doing really small boxes or some such you're gonna tend to use at least a quart for two coats anyways.

Trevor Howard
05-20-2010, 1:38 PM
In the can or on the project?

In can as long as air doesn't get to it. on the project it will last for a very long time...
It is a top notch high quality varnish.

Thanks for the reply Scott, I was asking about in the can. I read up about it is the air getting to it, but was curious if it would last a month or two or more like a year.

Neal Clayton
05-20-2010, 1:59 PM
if there's air in the can, more like a few days, tops, if the can isn't full. if the can is full and unopened it should last indefinitely. hence the marbles and co2 and breaking down into smaller cans and anything else you can do to keep the cans 'full' once they're opened. if you start with quarts and just use it all when you open it, not a concern.