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#1 posted 09-03-2013 03:36 PM

I am with the sealcoat crowd. Blotching, to me, looks awful no matter what style of furniture you build.
If you want a natural finish, just topcoat and you will be fine.
However most people don’t want to wait years for the color to darken on its own.
So I would suggest a 3:2 ratio of denatured alcohol to bullseye sealcoat as a pre-stain conditioner.
After that dries, scuff sand if needed and stain to preference with an oil based stain. I like Rodda, Varathane, and Cabot brands (avoid Minwax).
Wipe the stain back several times, as you may have some bleed-back.
After stain is dry, apply topcoat. This can be shellac, poly, or lacquer.
I prefer sprayed lacquer.
The benefit of this finishing schedule is you will eliminate blotching, and you can stain it any color you like.
Some pre-stain conditioners limit the darkness of color you can achieve, but with the 3:2 ratio you can stain it dark walnut if you like.

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