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Help with wooden bathroom sink cabinet top surface Answered

Hi,

I have just relocated to Switzerland and live in a rented accommodation. The master bathroom has double sink wooden cabinets. Unfortunately, the top surface of the cabinets is not covered by glass, marble, or quartz. The sinks sit on the surface (solid wood). No matter how careful someone might be while hand washing etc., you can't get away without splashing. Major stress if you think that you might need to pay for replacement of the cabinets at the end of tenancy.

How could I protect the area?

Many thanks

PS. (link) Master Bathroom sink top pictures

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ADoZ

21 days ago

Thank you all very much for the ideas and the how to.Sinks are not movable. It seems there has been some kind of water repellent once upon a time, which however seems not to do the job anymore. There is scale trapped here and there. So in this case sanding would make sense and then go with polyurethane coating, but I think the landlady would flip is she would see it and charge me as much as we would please or keep my deposit at the end of tenancy if she won't throw us out.
E.g. She made a big deal why we haven't done any gardening despite the fact that we have long not been there as she has been informed by her mother who lives next door. On the other hand, she has placed a 200kg pot with a tree on the balcony and left it the pot by 1/3 empty so roots show and as we found out the tree had started rooting in the floor...and with the rainfalls has been an awful pit of mosquitos...
I was thinking of a 2mm cork layer. What do you think:

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Yonatan24

25 days ago

A think finish - Lacquer? Polyeurethane?

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Babys Daddy

27 days ago

How good does the cabinet top look? Are you going to have to do a little sanding on it to make it nice and smooth? Is the sink movable (so that you can sand [if it is necessary] around it.)

To protect the surface, I would use a stain to match the rest of the cabinet (or paint if someone has done the unthinkable, and painted perfectly good wood! I LOVE natural wood!) Then cover that with a fast drying polyurethane. Apply a thin coat and let it dry. Use very fine sandpaper to "rough" up (very lightly) the coat, and use a lint free cloth to clean off the surface, then apply another coat. You may need to apply several (4 or 5) coats for protection. The can of polyurethane should give you the best suggestions for application.

This will leave a glass-like appearance to the cabinet top that is water proof, or as close to it as you will want to get.

Good luck.

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Downunder35m

4 weeks ago

I had good results with just oil and wax.
Linseed oil works great but needs a few days to properly dry.
Bees wax or similar can be rubbed into the surface and a hot hair dryer helps.
Key is good pressure and a lint free cloth.
Another option is to use water based varnish but you need to apply it in very thin layers so it will dry in a reasable timeframe.

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ADoZ

4 weeks ago

Thank you very much AussieAlf!

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AussieAlf

4 weeks ago

I would probably apply a clear water repellent polish that would cause any water to bead, then wipe over after use.