Protective Top Coat
I really love working with Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane and Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish, but decide to use Minwax® Water Based Helmsman® Spar Urethane for the tabletop. The main reason is Helmsman® has superior durability for surfaces that are subject to dampness. It stays flexible and holds up well in exterior elements, and is great for countertops and tables.
But what surprised me the most was how easy it is to apply and how beautiful the it made the wood!
First up, I gave the can a good stirring. And then I started by applying a very thin coat of the Minwax® Water Based Helmsman® Spar Urethane, this time with a synthetic brush. If you use a natural bristle brush, the water will swell the bristles and you’ll ruin your brush. If you don’t want to switch out brushes, Minwax also makes an oil-based version too.
I let the first coat dry for a couple of hours, and then gave it a very light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. And then added a second coat.
I was very impressed with how easy the Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane went on – like really good nail polish! It was so easy, we even let our kindergartner help and she did a great job
NOTE: If you let your kids help, always go back and do a neat brush coat over top.
Then that coat dried for a couple more hours and I snuck out in my PJs and did a quick sanding (again with fine grit sanding block) and added another coat.
And then that dried, and we repeated one final time.
Now comes the really really really tough part.
For normal top coats, 24 hours is recommended before use. But with a tabletop, 72 hours is advised. The table was just so beautiful, I wanted to bring it over to my sister’s house right away and give it to them!
It was tough, but we let the tabletop dry for the full 72 hours. What’s three days when they can enjoy the table for many many years to come?
Thanks Minwax for sponsoring this finishing tutorial and for making awesome products that make our furniture look so good and stand up to this kind of use!!!