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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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refinish Solid Wood bathroom sink

Customer used a piece of live edge solid wood salvaged from a TV cart made in India (according to labels underneeth). The finish was not sufficient to hold up to the water and such from a bathroom sink counter. I've removed the counter and installed a temporary one while we are refinishing this one.

What kind of finish would you recommend for a live edge, solid wood bathroom counter top?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 11:26 PM
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sand,stain and then put a hard finish on it like epoxy.
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Yea I was thinking something like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYK2NAG..._SvhDyb42APZEP
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From what I've heard, I think this would be better.
https://www.amazon.com/Clear-Epoxy-R...op+epoxy&psc=1

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Clearly, Epoxy then...
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Use epoxy like they use on restaurant tables and bar tops.

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In addition to posting my question here I also sent an email to a friend at DeVos Custom Woodworking They make custom wood countertops for customers all over the world. She said "Waterlox Satin is a great Tung Oil Based resin finish that’s pretty easy to apply and requires minimal upkeep. Or Tung Oil/Citrus Solvent works great as well, but does need some re-applications and conditioning."

I have some Waterlox Original Medium finish so maybe that's the way to go. Too bad it takes weeks to stop smelling bad.
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Nope, nope, nope! We're talking about being waterproof as an absolute, not the occasional watersplash or wipedown.
That ain't any kind of finish other than Epoxy resin and perhaps Polyester resin, as in fiberglass resin, and even that's not perfectly waterproof (as we've talked about in the past).
Do it once and never regret it.
Once you've restored the wood to its original colour minus the waterstaining, and reinstalled the ctrtop, do you really want to risk having to redo it?!
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Epoxy is more water resistant than polyester resin is according to what I've read recently. You used to be able to buy a resin that would self level that was for purposes like this.
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I emailed Waterlox today...
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Your product has been recommended but I'm concerned about using it in this specific location. My customer installed the pictured live edge solid wood counter top in the bathroom of a hair salon a few years ago. I can see from stickers on the bottom of the counter that it was salvaged from a TV media cart made in India.
Shortly after installation the constant water exposure from being around a sink caused the finish to fail. It has remained in use with failed finish for a year or more.
I have installed a temporary laminate counter top while we are refinishing the original one. We have sanded it down to raw wood on the top side while leaving the live edge alone for now. I sought advise from a custom wooden counter top carpentry shop, they recommended your product. I also posted the same request to an online forum, where the conscensience was to use bar top epoxy.
I am inclined to use your product however I would appreciate confirmation from you that it can withstand years of exposure to the water that will be dripped onto it, cleaning and other elements expected at the bathroom of a salon.
...and got the following response within a couple hours.
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"Our original line of products are great for countertops in wet environments. If you follow the countertop finishing guide you can achieve great results. I personally have an old buffet as our master bathroom countertop and it has held up very well.

Some things will damage any finish and ours is no exception. If they are going to be getting lots of very basic chemicals on the surface (like bleach or ammonia) that could soften and damage the finish, but if it is more the regular water and wear and tear then our finishes will hold up great."
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