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Offline David

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Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« on: July 21, 2020, 04:09 PM »
I'm building some bar counters for my son's brewery (Atlanta and Birmingham) and I'm trying to match the Ash tables. The professional people used a conversion varnish, so I bought a gallon...and then realized that it can only apparently be sprayed on. I don't have a spray setup, nor do I have a place to spray them. So I could really use your help:

1) Can I brush/roll the stuff? I'm guessing not since they don't give that option in the instructions. They are 16" wide by about 10' long.

2) If I can't, can you recommend a finish that could be applied by hand (rag or brush) and would hold up decently? It won't have water on it, but people will obviously be setting a cold drink or two on it.

If it only lasts a year or so, I'm good with that. I'll just carefully plan to disown him before he discovers what a loser his Dad is. :)
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Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2020, 06:44 PM »
I think Target Coatings has a polycarbonate urethane that can be applied w/o a sprayer. I think that's supposed to be a pretty tough product.

One of the other companies makes something that I think @tjbnwi  has some familiarity with. I can't remember the name, though.

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Re: Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2020, 07:38 PM »
What difference does the application method make? Visible brush strokes? Consider it a feature. It's a bar, people will be too drunk to notice.

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Re: Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2020, 09:43 PM »
Thanks to all of you--really helpful, and I have the solution from your ideas.
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Re: Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2020, 10:42 PM »
What difference does the application method make? Visible brush strokes? Consider it a feature. It's a bar, people will be too drunk to notice.

KA+ when brushed dries so fast you can’t lay it out.

Tom

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Re: Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2020, 09:24 AM »

KA+ when brushed dries so fast you can’t lay it out.


Could you roll it out Tom with an 18" wide roller?

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Re: Alternative to Conversion Varnish?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2020, 09:50 AM »

KA+ when brushed dries so fast you can’t lay it out.


Could you roll it out Tom with an 18" wide roller?

Highly doubt it..........

Tom