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Posted on finish for soft maple?

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 06:30 AM

A few months ago while talking with a guy at my local hardwood company, he mentioned a very simple but very helpful bit of advice that should apply here with your maple.

Oil polyurethane usually (always?) has a yellowish tint to it that as he said, makes a white wood like maple turn to a buttersotch type color.

Water-based polyurethane however is clear so it keeps the color of it almost the exact same shade.

I’ve used Minwax Water-based Polycrylic when finishing maple recently and it turned out great without any ‘yellowing’ so I’d highly recommend trying that.

Good luck with it!

-- Ben from IL

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