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  1. #1
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    Default Zebrawood finish

    I just used zebrawood for a threshold and am wondering if I should oil it or use poly as the finish.

    Anybody use zebrawood enough to know how stuff holds up on it?
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    I have not used zebra wood often, but......

    Look into Waterlox, it is a resin modified oil;

    http://www.waterlox.com/products-ite...er-finish.aspx

    Should give you the best of both worlds.

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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    Thanks Tom...I should clarify that it's interior. Either way, I want it to be pretty rugged.
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    For max durability, I would use poly. It's not an oily wood.
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    You can't go wrong with any of the Bona floor products. Zar UltraMax is an option also.

    You can use WaterLox inside, it is stinky. They have a water bourne also, I have never used it.

    Layered oils can be as durable as poly, easier to repair also.

    Tom
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    What finishes are around it? Consider maybe a [lightly thinned 1st] tung oil varnish, two coats, well cured followed by Bona mega or traffic.
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    Adjacent surfaces are a beat up old wood floor (poly) and tile.

    Sounds like I can just give it a few coats of waterbourne poly.
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    Yes you can do that, but it's nice to have something penetrate better than the WB and depending on which WB used, add a better tone/color/depth.
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    You're right, I should do the first coat in oil. It's not a major deal, I was just making sure any oils in the wood wouldn't have an effect on a poly finish.
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    Default Re: Zebrawood finish

    It's sometimes used on guitars and the guys making them get furniture grade finishes with nothing but lacquer.

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