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Forum topic by DuaneEDMD posted 03-06-2010 12:47 AM 4384 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2010 12:47 AM

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I picked up some wenge and I do not have much experience finishing it. I want to use a oil/varnish mix (50:50 mix of BLO and varnish). Will the wenge’s oils just bleed right through that? Should I try to seal coat it with a very thined out shellac mix? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 12:55 AM

Wenge has a beautiful rich dark brown color. If you use a penetrating oil finish it may darken considerably. I think i would use a clear coat of water based poly to try and preserve its original color. Oil based poly might introduce an amber cast.

In any event, experiment with several types of finishes, including paste wax, on a few scraps.

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 11:00 AM

Wenge has a good natural looked.
If you have facilitation to do spray finish, you can spray selaer and top coat on it. The polyurethane clear coat is the best.
If you don,t have you can choose oil finish or varnish.
The shellac has a yellow color, so if you use it, it will make your color yellowish.

Good luck



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