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Forum topic by Viktor posted 02-03-2010 07:56 PM 1061 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2010 07:56 PM

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I prefer to use clear finish on wood, polyurethane in particular. However, every “clear” finishing product I’ve ever seen always had some yellowish color to it. When a droplet of “clear” lacquer or poly dries it is amber rather than colorless. Is there a wood finishing product that is truly clear and colorless? Something comparable to poly in properties and application methods.

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 08:40 PM

The closest I’ve found to a clear finish is water-based polyurethane. You can find it at the Big Box store. Minwax makes it in a blue can.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 12:18 AM

Shellac is another finish that you can use that is nearly colorless, such as the blonde and super blonde shellacs.

Charlie is on target about the water based polyurethane. The biggest drawback to it is that , if you are used to using oil base poly, water based finishes will tend to be “cool” in appearnace since they will have a slight bluish cast to them. Oil based poly has an amber tint to it that “warms” the appearance of the wood.

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 02:43 AM

Something I have recently used is about the clearest finish I’ve seen. It is Daly’s Profin. It’s rather pricey, primarily because I had to pay shipping. Some folks in a woodclub I’m in recommended it as the clearest they have ever seen…that was good enough for me. Get a pint and try it out; it comes in both gloss and satin.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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