Are 2-pot finishes suitable for domestic dining tables?

Covid Update - 19 October 2021

All of the Lower North Island is in Delta Level 2. RoNZ Furniture Hospital services the entire Lower North Island. We can ship anywhere in New Zealand and Internationally.

In Delta Level 2, while practicing Social Distancing, etc, we can meet with you at your home, or at RoNZ Furniture Hospital in Dannevirke, to discuss what you would like done. We offer Contactless Pick-up & Delivery of your furniture.

2-pot finishes are those where 2 liquids are mixed before applying to a surface. You can think of them as being similar to epoxy, though they look and behave differently. RoNZ occasionally uses 2-pot flooring for use on restaurant tables and bars. In those situations, the hard scuff-resistance and easy to clean surface is a plus. However, the look of the finish: thick, pebbly plastic-looking is not the look most homeowners prefer. A second drawback is that all surface finishes (polyurethane, varnish, shellac), will eventually get damaged. When that happens the entire finish needs to be stripped-off, sanded, and several coats will need to be reapplied. This is a costly and time-consuming task. An alternative to surface finishes in a domestic setting is the application of hand-rubbed Tung Oil, followed by wax. This produces the best-looking woodworking finish, it feels terrific, and if it is damaged, a rubbing down with fine steel wool and a new application of Tung Oil over the original coats will bring out the beauty of the wood at significantly reduced cost, time, and effort.

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