• Hometalker
  • Green Bay, WI
Asked on Oct 16, 2017

What is the best finish....., polyurethane, tung oil, or varnish.



I Want to refinish a sofa table and I'm confused with so many products out there. What would be the most durable.

5 answers
  • Shay
    on Oct 16, 2017

    You may be overwatering it. They do not like to sit in water. Is it getting enough sun? Bright filtered light is perfect. I have cut the stems without leaves into 6-8" sections, rooted them in water(water level should be up past the first leaf junction) then planted them to start new plants Putting several of the newly rooted sections together in one pot will help get a fuller plant sooner..
  • Chubby58
    on Oct 16, 2017

    A good coat of poly will protect it best if it's used a lot.
  • Roxaneg
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Polyurethane is the go-to for super protection. But poly is not the best for akll situations. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/whats-the-difference-between-polyurethane-varnish-shellac-and-lacquer
  • William
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Tung oil is generally for raw unfinished wood. It soaks into the grain to protect the surface and gives it some color. Varnish can be used on raw or stained wood and provides a surface protection. It will give raw wood an orange tinge and slightly darken stained wood. Tends to yellow more over time. Polyurethane can be used on raw or stained wood. Water based is easy to put on and provides a clear finish that does not yellow. Oil based will yellow over time. Every one prefers water based poly for ease of application and a clear non yellowing finish. At least three coats of polyurethane for the best protection.
  • JudyH
    on Oct 16, 2017

    If the table is an antique use tung oil.
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