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Forum topic by Owen_B posted 11-26-2015 02:02 AM 739 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2015 02:02 AM

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Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone has had any success in maintaining the natural white colour in rock maple when finishing.

If so what have you used? I have found it tends to yellow considerably when i have finished it with mineral oil (chopping board) and on other small projects using varnish.



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#1 posted 11-26-2015 02:10 AM

Maybe try some acrylic/ water based finishes on some scraps.

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#2 posted 11-26-2015 02:20 AM

Shellac and Laquer are good ones.Generals finish water based Laquer is my second choice.All oil based finishes I have tryed will turn maple yellow. I’ve tryed tung oil,linseed oil,spar varnish mixed with mineral spirits.The list goes on.

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#3 posted 11-26-2015 03:30 AM

I haven’t tried it on Rock Maple, but I built a cabinet several years ago of Hackberry, which is another very light wood, and used Polycrylic on it – kept the color through three coats, and still looks like the original wood today.

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#4 posted 11-27-2015 12:25 PM

Thanks for the info. Greatly appreciated.

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#5 posted 11-27-2015 12:34 PM

I like a base of Super Blond Shellac, to just add a little color, then water based poly, which will not yellow. I’ve got a maple bookcase I built 15 years ago that looks the same as the day I finished it.

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#6 posted 11-27-2015 12:43 PM

There’s been several good suggestions here. There is also a “platinum” shellac that is very close to clear. Bear in mind the wood itself will change color over time, nothing any finish you apply can do about that. Anyway, in the pic this board (hard maple)has platinum shellac on the right side of the black mark. I put it out in the sun for the pic to see it better.

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