Asked on Sep 18, 2019

Should I use poly or wax over an oil-based stain on a table?

MklThrifted NestBaxter


I just finished staining the top of my dining room table with an oil based stain and I am trying to decide if I want to wax it or use poly on it. Anyone ever used these products and what are your suggestions. I have used poly in the past on many different surfaces and have used bowling alley wax on the floors in a previous house.

5 answers
  • Tinyshoes
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I would go with polyurethane but it's totally up to you. Good luck!

  • Megan
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I would also go with poly on a table top! :)

  • Baxter
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I have used both on numerous furniture and kitchen projects. I rarely use wax and then only on the pieces that don't get a lot of use/wear---like a decorative foyer chest, a wall shelf, etc. I use Polycrylic on any piece that needs more protection and has to hold up to daily use---like a dining table, kitchen cabinet, end table, etc. Regardless of the brand you use, wax is a low durability finish and will have to be reapplied. Poly will last much longer. I usually apply 3 coats and very lightly sand between coats. Some people prefer the "softened look" that you can get with waxing. I like that look too, so sometimes I wax over a piece that I poly. Just allow the poly to cure for about 4 weeks before waxing. Good luck!

  • Thrifted Nest
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I'd definitely recommend poly. It's much more durable than wax for a table top!

  • Mkl
    on Sep 18, 2019

    Thanks everyone. I think of thought the consensus would go in that direction.

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