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    What kind of finish to use

    Hello all,

    I want to make a couple of tower bars for my bathrooms. Something like this https://www.etsy.com/listing/2721204...towel-bar-wall

    What would you recommend for the finish?
    The towels might be damp when sitting on the bar, thus I am not sure what would be best for such case.

    Thank much
    Last edited by joe webb; 04-15-2021 at 10:19 PM.

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    I made two towel bars more than 15 years ago out of red oak. I used MinWax fast drying polyurethane as a finish. They have seen many damy towels and lots of steamy showers when the grandkids visit and are still doing just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    I made two towel bars more than 15 years ago out of red oak. I used MinWax fast drying polyurethane as a finish. They have seen many damy towels and lots of steamy showers when the grandkids visit and are still doing just fine.
    Thanks Lee. I am a big fan of MinWax. I have been using the water based poly for several projects and still have 1/2 gallon left.
    Does it matter oil based vs water based?

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    I would use an oil based varnish like Waterlox or arm r seal or even epiphanies. I like these a little more over minwax poly. Fwiw I have a shower bench finished in Waterlox. Still strong 5 years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe webb View Post
    Thanks Lee. I am a big fan of MinWax. I have been using the water based poly for several projects and still have 1/2 gallon left.
    Does it matter oil based vs water based?
    I have no experience with water based poly in that application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe webb View Post
    Thanks Lee. I am a big fan of MinWax. I have been using the water based poly for several projects and still have 1/2 gallon left.
    Does it matter oil based vs water based?
    From the testing I have done, oil based poly is more durable against water damage than water borne. I would use oil based varnish.

    John

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