Are 2-pot finishes suitable for domestic dining tables?

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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