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Does anyone use an oil based finish for kitchen cabinets? I always spray lacquer or paint but really like the look of Rubio Monocoat oil. How does it hold up for durability? I had a customer that wanted the grain to be dominant in oak and I didn't know how to do that so she ended up accepting just a wiped stain finish. Now I found this Rubio finish that would allow me to pre-stain and then top coat with a darker oil that would contrast the grain. I'm pretty sure that's what she was looking for.
The biggest downside to rubio monocoat and similar systems is that you're putting the customer in a spot where they need to perform scheduled maintenance on their kitchen.
Rubio sells a "maintenance oil" which the customer either has to apply every 6 months, or they have to call you up and have you do the maintenance, which I'm sure you wont be doing for free.
If you really want the grain to pop, then wire brush it, or sandblast it. When you stain it after doing that, the grain will come out really pronounced and dark.
This way you can continue your usual finishing schedule which offers your customer the look they want, with a long term product.
Just my .02
I have used Rubio Monocoat on wall panelling, but would not use it in a kitchen. I have seen a kitchen (not finished by me) where it was used and it didn't hold up to everyday wear and tear very well. It's also very expensive for the sqft coverage that you get and the odour will stay in the room for a long time. To get the look you are after I use wiping stains and breakaway glazes with a dead flat film coating. Most of the euro companies make them, I prefer the ICA.