Oil poly vs. wa­ter-based

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Nei­ther is bet­ter than the other, and nei­ther is tougher; dura­bil­ity de­pends on the for­mu­la­tion of the spe­cific prod­uct. But there are im­por­tant dif­fer­ences:

Oil usu­ally con­tains more “solids” and less sol­vent, which means you’ll get a thicker buildup from each coat.

Oil dries slower. That makes it eas­ier to ap­ply smoothly but also al­lows more time for air­borne dust to cre­ate “whiskers” on the sur­face.

Oil is yel­low­ish, which can be good or bad, de­pend­ing on the look you want. Wa­ter-based poly is col­or­less.

Wa­ter-based poly doesn’t fill the air with nasty fumes and cleans up with soap and wa­ter.

Wa­ter-based poly Oil-based poly

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