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Carlo

12/13/2004 3:47:09 PM
Subject: New maple countertop

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I just ordered a new custom made maple kitchen countertop. I would like to know what you recommend for a finish. I would like to seal not only the top surface, but the bottom surface as well to avoid any warping that could occur due to variations in temperature and humidity levels. I heard of a product that professionals use called Durakryl 102. It is a UV cured product, therefore out of the question for a DIY project. What would be the closest equivalent? Also, can I get similar sealing results using your Terra Nova product?

Thank you, Carlo.


Mark

12/13/2004 3:47:37 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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Durakryl 102 is an acrylic coating that is food safe once it has cured. It is durable and resists stains. However, as with any other "plastic" coating, it will scratch. If the finish is cut using a knife, water and bacteria can get under the finish and remain there to breed. I would not recommend this type of finish if you are actually going to use it for chopping. If the countertop is not used for cutting, you can use Circa 1850 Fast Dry Bowling Alley Polyurethane as the finish. It is extremely durable, stain-proof, tough and is food safe once it has cured (72 hours).

Terra Nova NaturOil is the recommended product to use on all wood that will come into contact with food - including butcher blocks, cutting boards, wooden utelsils, salad bowls and children's toys. It is 100% non-toxic, FDA approved food safe and kosher. You can apply it directly onto the bare wood using a cloth. Wipe off the excess. The wood will have a slightly oily feel for a few days as NaturOil does not dry into a film. You can use the counter top for any application, including food preparation and cutting. Wipe down the surface with soapy water to clean. Re-oil every few months if the surface begins to look dry.


Jen

12/13/2004 3:47:53 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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Carlo,

I'm considering purchasing a maple countertop as I finish my cabinet refinishing. Care to share any advice to a rookie? I am concerned about thickness, how or if to join boards, mounting sink near wood, etc. I had actually thought about bowling alley finish as well as spar varnish as potential durable finishes, but have just started my research. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! Jen


Phil

12/13/2004 3:48:20 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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First, do not try to make your own countertop unless you have a jointer, 15" or larger planer, and power sanders. Simply purchase a counter top at least 1" thick, 2" is nice and solid and heavy. For finishing, you will need to cut it to size and dry fit the coutnertop first. Then you will sand it using 80 grit, 120 grit, 220 grit with a power sander. Then I'd use at least 5 coats of bowling alley varnish, maybe 10 coats to seal the water out really well. You should go to the library or chapters and find books on this type of thing first though


Mike

12/13/2004 3:48:36 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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Where can I locate Circa 1850 Fast Dry Bowling Alley
Polyurethene in Phx. Az.? Is it water based or oil? Can
you spray it or does it need to be brushed?

Mike


Mark

12/13/2004 3:48:52 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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You will have to order off of our web site.

Circa 1850 Bowling Alley Polyurethane is oil-based, fast dry and non-yellowing. It can be applied by brush, pad or spray.


Jim

12/13/2004 3:49:11 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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How can i get to your website to order this bowling alley polyurethane?


Mark

12/13/2004 3:49:30 PM
RE: New maple countertop

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www.swingpaints.com/1818_1819.htm

Click on "Buy This Product" button on the right side. On the next screen click on "Add to cart".
Fill in quantities, add other products, etc.

When you are done shopping you will be directed to a secure site for entering your personal information.


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