Ebony Clear Finish for a Wood Bath Vanity Top

Suitable wood finishes for a moisture-tolerant, deep, clear black. August 15, 2006

I have a client who would like a bathroom vanity with a solid wood counter surface, ebonized black. The top would be 60" long by 18" deep. I think there is a great chance of moisture problems causing the wood to warp or cup. Would 5 coats of pre cat lacquer be sufficient? Or should I consider a bar top epoxy finish?

Forum Responses
(Cabinetmaking Forum)
From contributor A:
Black dye under a sealer coat and finish coat of epoxy resin (pour on) makes an absolutely beautiful statement. It is very durable as well. Just be sure to seal and finish the bottom side as well as the edges of the sink cut-out.

From contributor B:
It depends on whose precat you are using, but 5 coats may be too much. I would recommend that you look at a poly. Poured finishes are great too.

From contributor C:
While poly and thick coats are nice, consider epoxy. I've only worked with it a little bit, but the results are impressive. I used this product a few times called Mirror Coat. It's a two part epoxy resin and hardener and auto levels out and dries like glass. It's like a really glossy lacquer finish but feels like a thin sheet of glass. Epoxy is pricey, but worth it. And when water is an issue, you can't go wrong.

From contributor D:
A two part epoxy is the way to go, especially over black - it is very nice and extremely durable and can be re-polished for many years to come. I have done my share and itís the best finish that I have ever used. Two coats is the norm and spending the few extra dollars for the UV inhibitors is well worth the price. Also, the advice given above about sealing all exposed surfaces is obviously from an experienced user.

From contributor E:
Automotive clears are also an excellent product for that application