Choosing a Brushable Cabinet Finish to Match Floor Finish
From contributor C:
Try General Finishes Enduro-Var. It is an oil/water hybrid finish that brushes well and gives an oil varnish look with great durability.
From contributor A:
Your Bona is meant for floors. It will be a bombproof waterborne poly. Not a good thing for cabinetry. You are looking for an acrylic/poly mix. Oxford and General make many good products. I've had much success brushing MLC Agualente.
From the original questioner:
Thank you for the replies. Contributor A, I'm surprised you don't find the Aqualente too thin to brush as it's packaged ready to spray. Can you give me any more details? I am planning on using MLC Aqualente for the primer and paint elsewhere on the job, so it would be a plus if I could use the clear.
From contributor M:
While I'm not saying it's your best choice, we have used Bona Traffic and Traffic HD on numerous stair cases and have had no problem on risers, skirts, and other vertical surfaces. It is thin for sure, as it's designed to be flooded, but it works and it's bulletproof.
Another alternative to those already mentioned may be a product we are using from SW, Sayerlack AF72. It's listed as brush-able on Sayerlack's sheets. I have not brushed it, but it's plenty thick out of the pail. Your only consideration may be quantity. It comes to us in 6.6 gallon pails.
From contributor H:
For the casework: If you want to continue with water white products to match the outcome of the floor finish, don't use General Finishes Endurovar - this finish will amber over time. We recommend GF's Clear Poly if you are spraying, but poly, as with the rest of our professional finishes, is not very good for brushing - they are designed for spraying. If you really want to brush, use the High Performance or Poly Acrylic depending on your durability requirements - the High Performance has more urethane in it. If you need more moisture and chemical resistance, Crosslinker can be added to the High Performance for table tops or kitchen and bathroom applications.
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