Re: Strength of Different Woods for Book Shelves
They will both probably take you about the same amount of time. I personally prefer stain/clear coat finishes because I like the look of wood. IMHO, stain/cc will be much easier than paint. If you go this route, use a "stain only" product first, then top it with a compatible clear coat. I say "stain only" because there are many top coat stains available, but they are more paint-like than stain. I'm not a fan of gel stains either, while being a bit easier to use, they do not have the penetrating abilities of regular stains.
Originally Posted by t_manero
And last bit of advice, if you go with a stain/cc finish, MinWax makes excellent stains, but their top coat products are utter garbage! I am a fan of McCloskies brand polyurethane, General is another good brand.
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