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.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon