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Posted on finish for soft maple?

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 11:50 AM

Stay away from poly stain mixes like minwax polyshades, they are horrible. An oil finish will pop the grain the best but you have to let it dry sufficiently before you put a glossy clear coat on it. Acrylic or Lacquer will give you a great glossy finish without too much yellowing but they don’t pop the grain by themselves very much. Arm-R-Seal oil based polyurethane will accomplish both for you. It will pop the grain and give a glossy finish (provided you buy the gloss finish) with minimal yellowing. It comes in satin also, which has flatteners in it. All finishes are glossy at the factory. To get a satin or matte sheen they add flatteners in it. The nice thing is, if you buy a satin finish for one project and want a gloss finish on another. Just wait for the can to settle out, the stuff that settles in the bottom of the can are the flatteners. For a gloss finish just dip off the top of the can and you will get a gloss sheen. Flatteners are nothing more than small particles that are added to dissipate light and dull the sheen.

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