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I'm planning to build a French provincial style bedroom set in painted finish. the set will be used in a coastal city and I build it in a dry city.
I'm concerned about finishing. which paint (alkyd, polyester, polyurethane,...) do you recommend to resist moisture and wood expansion without cracking and peeling.
Isn't that up to you the cabinetmaker to make sure that the moisture content of your woods is between 6% - 7%?
All that any film-forming finish can do is to slow down the moisture exchange rate, not stop it. But if your lumber is either to dried out or too laden with moisture then you're gonna have issues.
Solvent finishes outclass waterborne finishes with regard to creating films that are more impervious to moisture flowing through them.
Your first line of defense is controlling the moisture content of your lumber before you do any finishing. Conquer that.