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Posted on Kill Beetle Pine Finishing?????

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 11:24 PM

Most of the products that my shop puts out are beetle kill pine. I have tried just about every option for getting the grain to ‘pop’. Shellac wasn’t worth the time it took to put on. BLO didn’t really do anything. In my opinion if you stain this stuff you wreck it. I wouldn’t stain it without using a good conditioner like the one offered from Charles Neil. My best results come from just plain old lacquer.

Here is a duck painted black to give you an idea of the contrast you can expect.

This is ebony stain (without conditioner) and a gloss topcoat

Here is a project with just semi-gloss lacquer

Nice looking sign you got there!

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