Patina – Best sealer to protect mahogany worktop
What is the best sealer to protect mahogany worktop? One option is definitely Patina.
For 20 years I have been using a wood care product called Patina to seal and protect mahogany worktops, oak hand rails, pine tables… if it is wood, don’t oil it, wax it or French Polish it, Patina it!
This is midway through applying the Palace Chemicals Patina polyurethane gel to a mahogany worktop.
It is “clear” ie a hint of yellow, and in two very thin coats, brings out the grain and detail in the wood (hence the name, patina) and protects it from everyday wear and tear. It is also microporous, so you don’t get the ring effect where hot mugs draw the moisture out the wood and leave a mark under French Polish.
I love this wood care product!
Patina is for interior use only, although I have been told it has been tested on garden furniture and lasted 3 years out in all weathers. It has let me down once only, nobody seemed to know why it dulled in patches. One suggestion plucked out of the sky was that maybe a previous product applied to the timber had reacted with the Patina. They always recommend trying it on a small area first, but in my experience, on sanded bare timber, I would bet my socks that it will dry rock hard as expected.
How to apply Patina
The key is to apply it sparingly. I use a lint free rag, rub it on it in circles, then lay it off, pressing hard, going along the grain 3 or 4 times. You can build up quite a sweat. It should be practically touch dry after each application, no residue, and within a few hours, dry enough to place a cloth on it – no hot stuff just yet. After 48 hours, it is cured, job done. If you put it on too thick, you won’t be raving about it, as it takes too long to dry.
It is not readily available from stores, never seen it on any shelves, to be honest. Online for under £10, you get enough to do table after table, worktop after worktop. A vital addition to any professional furniture painter‘s box of tricks.
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