This job required a bomb proof finish that would stand up to heavy usage, extensive exposure to water, sunlight, household cleaners and whatever else might be spilled on a kitchen countertop. And, oh, by the way, the finish had to be non toxic and rapid drying.
For all those reasons we chose to use CIC Coatings Centurion water base clear polyurethane. A non toxic, low VOC catalyzed polyurethane that is extremely UV and weather resistant and is even suitable for boats (above waterline).
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A true two component acrylic polyurethane topcoat. Designed to be used in interior and exterior applications where extreme weatherability and chemical resistance are required. Unlike most competitive polyurethanes the advanced chemistry involved is such to give you extreme durability far superior to “polyurethane” products that require little or no catalyzation. The Centurion Catalyzed Top Coat requires a 4:1 mix. with CW-4002 Hardener to form a fully cross linked bond that is superior to other products (courtesy of Greg Saunders and Annex Paints).
Other benefits of this finish are that it can be sanded and recoated in about one hour, it has almost no odor, it is non toxic and women, small children and pets don’t have to vacate the premises while it is being applied.
Below are pictures of this job and the process.
Countertop- solid Maple butcher block.
Back splash and bay window- mahogony.
The 1st three pictures below are the before shots.
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The next 3 show the prep work and masking.
Next is the spray application of the polyurethane.
Next are 4 shots of the wet water base polyurethane- note the bluish whiteness of the material as it dries.
And, finally, the finished product.