Sealant for wood bar surfaces - recommendations?

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Sealant for wood bar surfaces - recommendations?

Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:04 am

Hello all,

Just a wonderin, for those of you with experience with wood surfaces in bars, what do you recommend for finishing/sealing to meet health standards for serving counters?

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Postby barry on Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:38 am

polyurethane, and lots of it.
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Postby Matt Milletto on Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:51 am

we have all of our counters at the school (about 100 linear feet) covered in a thick gymnasium type finish, i'll try to find out exactly what it is called. it took multiple coats and the skill of our handyman to make it look good, but is very tough and looks great. the counters are simply sanded mds board ... and cost a fraction of what full cabinets run.

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Postby Sean Starke on Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:04 am

Wow, what a nice look, Matt. :)
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Postby Robert Goble on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:51 pm

barry wrote:polyurethane, and lots of it.

echo this.... plus you can really layer this --- you could poly over coffee beans!
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Postby Jeff Givens on Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:42 pm

MattBellissimo wrote:the counters are simply sanded mds board ... and cost a fraction of what full cabinets run.


I think you mean OSB. They look very nice.
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Postby phaelon56 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:51 pm

MattBellissimo wrote:we have all of our counters at the school (about 100 linear feet) covered in a thick gymnasium type finish, i'll try to find out exactly what it is called. it took multiple coats and the skill of our handyman to make it look good, but is very tough and looks great. the counters are simply sanded mds board ... and cost a fraction of what full cabinets run.


It used to be sold under the brand name "Gymseal". Not sure if it still goes by that name or not but you'll need to visit a good commercial/industrial paint supplier to find it or an equivalent product. If you do end up going with plain ol' polyurethane be sure ot do a bit of research - all brands are not created equal in terms of solids content etc.
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Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:59 pm

Interesting, thanks for all the tips guys! I'll be putting them to good work.

And Matt, beautiful looking counter (not to mention the lever machine on the counter!)
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Postby barry on Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:30 pm

jimmy.o wrote:And Matt, beautiful looking counter (not to mention the lever machine on the counter!)



it really is... if i'd seen this a couple of months ago, i would have done the same.


--barry "filing it away for future use"
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Postby Matt Milletto on Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:06 am

thanks for the kind words guys. even those photos don't do much justice. feel free to browse around our http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeeschool/sets/ for other shots. buying cabinets without tops can be very cost effective, then using the OSB (thanks beto) is a nice effect. I managed a coffee house back in 99 that used this OSB and gymnasium finish on all of our floors. We also had a massive bar made from an exotic wood called Padauk. I can't tell you how many times people would comment on the floors, but not mention the Padauk counters. :)

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