Water-based vs. Oil-based Top Coats
Now that the dust is settling from completing the two G&G desks, I have been thinking through some of my experiences on this project.
I had noted in an earlier post that I had used a water-based finish for the first time on the first G&G desk and that I generally liked it (particularly the lack of smell).
I did the second desk with my old-faithful GF Arm-R-Seal oil-based finish that has long been my favorite. When the desks are side by side there is no question in my mind…the oil finish is still better. It has a more even satin finish, more even build, less grain-raising, etc. The two finishes are not significantly different, but they are different enough for me to switch back to my old favorite oil finish from now on unless I really need to avoid the odor and fumes.
I like the new water-based finishes, but for me, they are not quite there yet (but they are close).