That's why I apply a coat of wipe on oil/varnish finish prior to the water based poly. I let the oil finish dry for two days then apply the poly. I have experienced very good durability with this finish.As a builder for over forty years I have never been a big fan of water base polyurethanes. The one I like the most is Last N Last. I think Fine Woodworking did a review on it years ago. Especially for any darker wood, mahogany, walnut, cherry the water base just gives the wood a lackluster appearance and doesn't look nearly as rich as an oil based product. We use Helmsman or Epifanes......a quart goes a long way!!!