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    Bar Top Finish

    I am about to bid on a job where the owner wants a Bar Top Finish. I have never done this before and am looking for people that actually have used this stuff. I will be using Envirotex because that is what I can get locally. These type finishes are probably all the same or close to it. Anyway, I donít need info on cost or mixing. I need info for the actual application. The person I need to talk to locally is on vacation this week and next week and I want to get a price out by Monday morning. From what I gather, it is not difficult I just have to work fast.
    What do I really need to know?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Tony,
    While I've never done it I watched it being done and they had two guys applying it. One poured it on and the other went right behind him and leveled it out. Hope this helps.
    "Thereís a lot of work being done today that doesnít have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesnít have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    I know that Per Swenson does some nice bar tops, here is a link to finishing one of them....
    >> Swenson Bar Top Finishing PDF <<
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    a two part Polymer floated on top will make an excellant bar top. A friend reciently built a basement bar and every evening he would layer on another heavy coat of Gloss Polyurethane, sanding between coats, eventually he leveled out the wood surface and created a top similar to a polymer top.

    Of course it took him weeks of his time, every night, but the result was worth it.

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    another vote for per swenson finish method,, seen many pics and have talked with him on it..if you like i can get you his number. he is in new york..
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    Thanks all

    I have the product information sheet on Envirotex and has pretty much all the info I need. I was wondering if they left out any tips that would be helpful. Sometimes manufacturers omit little things like that.
    I am appreciative of Larry's offer, but I think Per just uses typical mirror finishing techniques on conversion varnish or lacquer - not sure. Customer wants the pour-on finish.
    Larry, if Per also does pour-on finishes, then yes, I would like his tel. no.
    Thankj again to all.

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    Tony,
    Per uses a pour on finish, he has shown multiple casesa of the applpication on this as well as another site,
    "Thereís a lot of work being done today that doesnít have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesnít have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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