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My wife uses this drop-leaf table from Ikea with the leaves down for her potted plants. The catalyzed finish is too thin to be very functional.

I’ve written this many times and said it many more. The film thickness of a finish is much more important for preventing water getting through to the wood than the type of finish. For example, polyurethane is more water resistant than shellac. But three coats of shellac is much more water resistant than one coat of wipe-on polyurethane.

It makes sense if you think about it.

Likewise, an oil finish, which doesn’t harden well, so it can’t be built up, is almost worthless for water resistance. This is true despite the absurd claim from some companies that the oil protects the wood from the inside.

The drop-leaf table pictured here provides a great example of the importance of film thickness. It’s from Ikea and made in Europe, probably in Sweden or Poland. The finish on it is very thin.


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