|Forum topic by soob||posted 08-26-2015 12:26 AM||817 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
08-26-2015 12:26 AM
I love the way maple looks when it’s freshly cut, but it seems that light makes its color dull or brown over time. Used to just finish with wax, but that obviously doesn’t do much to protect from light. I assume it’s light since the inside of a box stays white while the outside doesn’t. Now I like to use a friction polish with shellac because it imparts a nice shine very easily, but, again, as far as I know it doesn’t do anything to protect the wood’s color from light.
I’ve seen it suggested to use a marine/spar/exterior varnish or polyurethane, but I also frequently see people complaining that typical exterior varnishes tint or stain light colored woods. I don’t feel like buying one of each and testing them out, so I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a specific brand, or a specific process. My plan would be to to wipe on a coat or two of dilluted clear uv protecting varnish (or whatever), and then just put shellac over it. Shellac generally adheres to anything, after all. Or maybe the other way around, using the shellac as a base. Or do I just buy the right wax and apply that over the shellac?
Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated. I really don’t like spraying finishes if I can help it, and I hope the answer’s not “brush on a coat of spar varnish every day for a week” or something like that. Thanks in advance!
P.S. I figure this is a turning specific application rather than a general finishing question, so I posted it here.