08:24AM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
5 lifetime posts
I am in the process of building new Birch cabinets for our kitchen. We want to finish them in the natural color. I have built Birch and Maple cabinets before, some with stain and some natural but have had mixed results with the finishes. My question is this; should I use some kind of sealer before the finish and if so what is recomended. Second what type of finish will give best results and be the most durable. On previous projects I have sprayed on various types of oil based satin poly finishes. I've never had problems with runs and have done 3-4 applications sanind and tac clothing between but the end results are not as smooth as I would like. In the last project I cut the poly with 30% "thinner" and the remaining coats were cut with 10%. This method was better than previous results. Am I on the right track here? Any advise is greatlty appreciated.


11:46AM | 01/05/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes you need to use a sanding wood sealer first to get the smooth finish you want and then apply 2 coats of urethane over that. I think that you will get the smoothest and most durable finish out of oil based products.
If you are going with lacquer there is a sanding sealer that goes with that system as well.


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