I have been treating my butcher block counter top with the Baby Safe. I love this product but it needs to be reapplied every few months after sanding.
I’m wondering if there’s another product I could use that would seal the wood and not need to be reapplied?
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Easy Safe 1k is used in production and on projects for residential, commercial and marine grade applications. Its nice for cabinetmaking and counters. 4-5 coats on counters is the general rule for a film forming, waterproof finish.
BioPoly Natural is another option. It’s a rubbing oil, more along the lines of Baby Safe, except it’s a dense tree resin and beewax combo, liquid not paste wax. It saturates wood fiber cells and is easily polished with Baby Safe to spruce up the surface as desired. BioPoly has a self polishing feature and spot maintenance.
For my kitchen, I prefer to apply Baby Safe warm and close the pores behind me after each coat. By creating a quilted, multi layered surface with the dense and pure beeswax, I love the way it feels. Baby Safe is one of a kind, super pure oil and beeswax, so personally, I’m biased toward it.
Baby Safe is more work and Easy Safe is more waterproof, while BioPoly is stronger tree resins and has beeswax too… but… Baby Safe is just a preference thing for me in a kitchen.
How to Wood Finish a Countertop with a layered and quilted beeswax method:
1.) Sand to … > 80 grit, apply warm 150F Baby Safe and rub in deeply to coarsely sanded wood.
2. dry and sand 80,100grit to begin closing pores…
3. apply warm Baby Safe and rub deep…
4. Dry and sand 100, 120, 150, 220, apply warm and polish
5. Sand 220, 320, 400, 600, polish.
Repeat as desired…
After the 2nd pass it’s pretty easy to smooth wood with each finer grit, mostly just a matter of polishing. The wood saturates in the first coat. The rest is more or less burnishing to a polish.
This approach is used in principle by fine woodworkers for all sorts of incredible pieces. This same general principle of quilting works for all Earthpaint tree resin and beeswax wood finishes. Excellent Chatoyance is achieved on on highly figures woods like instruments. I’ve seen cabinets go 15 yrs with barely a polishing to bring back depth and glow.
Hope this helps and serves as a reference.
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