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Woodworking: Bar top...Spar varnish, or Pour-on epoxy?...pros and cons?

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(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2007
6:34 PM

Post #3810090

Here is a bar made from reclaimed lumber. Hubby found it in a restaurants trash pile, and offered to take it off their hands.
I didn't like the color, so repainted it. Now I am stumped about what to do with the bar top.
Some suggest spar varnish, others say pour-on would be really cool.

I'd love the pour-on, but don't want it to yellow in the UV, since it will most likely receive a lot of it outdoors.

Spar varnish doesn't seem permanent, or as durable, but then again, I've never used either.


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(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2007
6:36 PM

Post #3810095

Here is a better look at the bar top...this was before the cabinet part was kilzed and stained, and the bar top was stained, also...

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Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 11, 2007
5:01 PM

Post #4072079

We use spar urethane for our outdoor wood projects with good success, doesn't peel like polyurethane.
That is one gorgeous piece, wish I could find something similar.
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 29, 2008
6:45 PM

Post #5841045

Hey - can we renew this discussion? I would like to know what kind of finish to use when, myself. I'm looking for the incredibly THICK clear finish that is often used on bartops. Can anyone tell me what that is and whether it goes on with a brush or is poured?
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 30, 2008
7:09 PM

Post #5844601

It is called 'pour on'. I actually purchased some when I was considering my choices, but didn't use it because it supposedly yellows from the sunlight.

I used spar, and it is holding up ok, but looking back, wish I'd have used the stuff for heavy traffic on wooden floors...
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2008
7:55 PM

Post #5848095

I have some indoor projects in my head I can use that on.
Maybe I'll get to try that floor stuff, too!
Thankls for answering my question!
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 3, 2008
9:47 PM

Post #5855543

you are welcome. have fun

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