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Best Finishes for Wood Kitchen Table

Minwax Polyurethane Finish

Perfect for both unfinished and finished wood, the Minwax Fast-Drying Finish is handy to use when you’re unsure if you will be applying a primary finish. You can apply this wood stain with a foam brush, a lambswool applicator, or a natural bristle brush.

 

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Best Finishes for Wood Kitchen Table

No.
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Product
Material
Durability
Color
Editor Rating
Check Prize
1
Wood Welded – H2372​​​​​
Non-Toxic Ure​​​​​thane
9.5
maple
2
General Finishes SGQT
Oil-based
101
Semi-Gloss
99
3
Waterlox – TB 5284
Oil-based
10
N/A
99
4
Minwax 63010444
Oil-based
10
Satin
5
Rust-Oleum 9141H
Liquid
8.5
Satin Finish
6
Old Masters – 24977
Oil-based
9
Clear
7
Varnish Oil, Quart
Oil-based
8
N/A

Best Quality PRODUCTS

#1

Minwax Polyurethane Finish

Perfect for both unfinished and finished wood, the Minwax Fast-Drying Finish is handy to use when you’re unsure if you will be applying a primary finish. You can apply this wood stain with a foam brush, a lambswool applicator, or a natural bristle brush. This is a great product if you have a lot of patience to get a beautiful finished result.

The benefit of Minwax Polyurethane is the time it takes to dry. By applying thin coats, you can get a finish that will dry quickly. This is perfect if you have to apply it in an area outside or have a dusty workshop.

As each finish dries, there is less of a possibility that it will get debris, dirt, or dust trapped in the finish. Keep in mind that it will take a few hours for each thin layer to completely dry. Once it is dry, take a piece of sandpaper to abrade the finish before applying the next coat, which will allow you to receive a beautiful result in the end.

This product may change the color of the wood just a little due to its oil content. While the change is small, it is visible, but it should add a warmer look to your wood. Minwax will require 2 to 3 coats on a piece of wood, unless it will be used heavily, then you will probably need 4 or 5. While this product does require patience, you will love the beautiful end result.

  • It has several application options
  • This wood stain can prevent food stains from forming
  • It is long-lasting and durable
  • You need to apply multiple coats
  • It turns a different color after application
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#2

Old Masters Gel Polyurethane

Created for finer pieces of wood furniture, Old Masters Gel Polyurethane shouldn’t be used on outside wood furniture or any type of wood flooring. This durable wood finish does produce a soft surface, so it should only be used on furniture that doesn’t receive heavy use.

Perfect for antiques and fine-quality wood surfaces, this product is very effective for this specific type of furniture. This product gets great reviews thanks to its special use coating that works really well. Old Masters Gel Polyurethane is also very easy to apply and is super affordable.

  • It has a great shine to it
  • You can easily apply it with a paper towel
  • It’s pretty affordable and gets good reviews
  • It’s not good for pieces that get a lot of use
  • It has a pretty toxic odor to it
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#3

Rust-Oleum Varathane Polyurethane

Providing a dark and rich shine, the oil-based Rust-Oleum Varathane Polyurethane can give a classy appearance to any type of wood. Great for antiques, this product will not hide the wood’s grain, but allows it to stay visible. This wood stain dries pretty hard similar to water-based products, and it is actually pretty hard to remove.

More permanent than other oil-based finishes, this wood stain is pretty affordable. It is a tacky and thick product, so you have to plan for that when you start brushing. This product dries in about two hours, so make sure you give yourself enough time as you work on a project.

  • You get a dark and rich finish
  • This shiny finish is also pretty durable and won’t hide the wood’s grain
  • It’s pretty affordable and more permanent than an oil-based finish
  • It takes a while to dry
  • It is pretty tacky and very thick
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#4

General Finishes Enduro-Var

This durable finish is a high-end clear coat that is perfect for a high traffic wood surface. The General Finishes Enduro-Var can yellow as it ages, but it only adds a slight amber color to your wood that is also shiny and preserves the wood grain when it soaks in. This is a water-based finish that acts like that an oil-based finish that is also suitable to use on outdoor wood.

Durable and long-lasting, Enduro-Var creates a hardened surface that can take on harsh conditions for long time periods. Perfect for outdoor use, this product is more affordable if you buy it by the gallon and not the quart.

  • It acts like an oil-based finish
  • The wood finish creates a water-resistant and durable coating
  • You can get this finish in either satin, flat, gloss, or semi-gloss
  • It’s on the expensive side
  • It can turn an amber color as it ages
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#5

SGQT Arm-R-Seal Urethane

Durable and long-lasting, the SGQT Arm-R-Seal Urethane is available in several sizes and is easy to apply with either a foam brush or cloth. It’s also pretty easy to remove if it drips by simply using a Clorox wipe to clean up the mess. This tough wood stain is made with urethane resin, so it will last quite a few years before you need to reapply it.

Make sure you apply this wood stain in a well-ventilated area, and since Arm-R-Seal Urethane is oil-based, it can take a while to cure. It’s best if you don’t clean the table with anything for the first 30 days after you have applied the last coat. This is a great product for advanced woodworkers since it can some time to learn how to apply it, but, when you do, it will have almost-professional looking results.

    • It is extremely durable and will last for years
    • It has an easy to wipe on application
    • This wood stain will give your kitchen table a natural look
  • It has a yellow hue to it
  • It can take a while to cure
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#6

Rust-Oleum Satin Finish

Perfect for finishing a wood-kitchen-table that is used regularly, the Rust-Oleum Satin Finish was created for use on heavy-use areas. This is an extra durable product that highlights the beautiful wood grain. Designed to let the grain show through, this wood stain has a warm tone that shows off the wood’s intricacies.

While it does have a very strong smell, it does dry quickly. Just make sure to use it in a well-ventilated area, but make sure you wipe up drips right away. While it is advertised as a clean finish, it will add a nice golden glow to your wood.

  • It applies very smoothly
  • This is an easy to use product that wipes up easily as long as it is wet
  • It will dry into a very hard surface
  • It can become yellowish if you use it over paint
  • It can take up to four coats to apply this finish
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#7

Valspar Cabot Interior Oil-Based Polyurethane

Combining the benefits of an oil-based and water-based finish, the Valspar Cabot Interior Polyurethane gives you a beautiful glossy finish that is also strong and durable. It gives you a an appearance that is free from that plasticized or dull surface that you normally see from a water-based finish. This wood finish also does a great job of resisting impacts and scuffs, so you can use it on furniture that gets a lot of use.

This quick-drying wood finish dries within 60 minutes, and you can paint or sand it in about three hours. Better for smaller projects, Valspar Cabot Interior Polyurethane is only available in half-pints, so make sure you know how many you need to complete the job.

  • It dries really quickly in comparison to other finishes
  • The finish you get is nice a durable
  • You get a lot of shine for a water-based alternative finish
  • It’s on the expensive side
  • You can only get it in a half-pint can
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#8

Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Polyurethane

Featuring a unique formula, Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Polyurethane is applied thickly but helps save time with you finish the table. Not only does it increase coverage, but it also saves you time with a fast-drying product. Using a self-leveling formula, you must apply this wood finish 3 times thicker than other coatings.

This affordable product also doesn’t require sanding. Providing incredible coverage, Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Polyurethane gives you a hard layer that dries quickly. This is a great choice for those that want to save both time and money.

  • It doesn’t require as many coats, so it saves you time
  • This is a very affordable finish that dries quickly
  • It self-levels, so you don’t have to sand it
  • It can yellow over time
  • Some users say that it doesn’t apply very smoothly
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#9

Wood Shield Interior Varnish

Environmentally friendly and water-based, Wood Shield Interior Varnish uses doesn’t use any volatile compounds, so it doesn’t have a toxic smell. Perfect for kitchen areas, this finish is a good choice if you have a breathing problem or similar health condition. And, since it is environmentally friendly, you can feel safe using it on outdoor projects.

Containing no antimicrobial substances or pesticides, you don’t have to worry about poisonous chemicals leaching into the soil. Wood Shield Interior Varnish dries quickly, which helps you to save on time and can be painted or sanded in just two hours. This is an all-natural formula that is also easy to clean up with water and soap in case you spill it.

  • It doesn’t have a toxic odor so its easier to use if you have a health issue
  • This finish won’t yellow as it ages
  • It is environmentally friendly and dries quickly
  • It is on the expensive side
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#10

Waterlox Original Satin Finish

Perfect for showing off the details of your kitchen table, the Waterlox Original Satin Finish is gentle and water-resistant. With an attractive gloss finish, it will show off the highlights found in the table’s joinery and carvings. This finish is also made in part with renewable natural resources.

Created with Tung oil, the Waterlox Original will penetrate the wood’s surface to create that water-resistant finish. Capable of standing up to liquids and heavy use, this finish is perfect for furniture that sees a medium level of activity. This is also an easy to maintain finish that works best when applied along with a sealer.

  • This finish has a nice gloss and is water-resistant
  • It is made with renewable natural resources
  • It is easy to maintain
  • It has a pretty strong smell
  • You also need to use a sealer with it
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