Sealing Barnwood Counter to Keep out stains/Germs

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Old 01-23-10, 07:31 AM
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Sealing Barnwood Counter to Keep out stains/Germs

I had a friend make a breakfast bar out of barnwood for our kitchen. He has stained it a darker color and looks like maybe applied one coat of varnish (I have to verify that last part).

Whats going to be the best thing to do to this counter to keep it stain resistant and easy to keep clean? I know people often talk of different oils to use but I'm not sure with it being stained how that affects things.
 
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Old 01-23-10, 09:44 AM
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Is this smooth wood? or rough sawn?

The simplest thing to do would be to apply several more coats of varnish/poly [whichever was used]

There is also a bar type finish [epoxy?] that can be poured over rough sawn to create a slick finish. I'm sorry I don't remember the name never used it but have seen the finished product several times.
 
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It is smooth wood not rough sawn.
 
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Find out if he applied poly/varnish [and which one] Poly and varnish aren't always interchangeable so you need to stick with the same one.

Basically you sand lightly, remove dust and apply a coat of poly/varnish, sand when dry and repeat until you have the finish you desire. Both poly and varnish come in 3 sheens; satin, semi-gloss and gloss.
 
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Any benefits of oil of water base?
 
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I prefer oil base. It dries to a harder film = more protection, harder to scratch. The 1st coat of oil base poly/varnish will deepen the colors naturally in the wood. If the wood already has a coat of poly [waterbase or oil] it won't change the color any. Oil base does amber some as it ages.

Waterbased poly/varnish goes on milky but dries clear. It has no effect on the wood color other than giving it a sheen. It does not amber with age. Waterbased dries fast and the job can be done in a shorter time frame. Because it's a softer finish, it will show wear and need to be sanded and recoated sooner than oil base poly.
 
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