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Forum topic by roha2236 posted 06-11-2016 04:37 AM 733 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2016 04:37 AM

I’m almost finished building two matching monster truck Jeeps for my nephews (walnut, curly maple, bird’s eye maple, and a little purple heart) and I was hoping for some input as to what finish to use, for protection as well as appearance. They’re 11 and 9. The tires already have two coats of Kunos dark walnut finish applied, and I’m very pleased with the colour and durability. For the rest of the trucks I’m thinking either just a couple coats of polyurethane, or a couple coats of linseed oil and a coat or two of paste finishing wax, or a Danish oil mixture (linseed oil, polyurethane, mineral oil), or a couple coats of Kunos clear finish.

I think all of these options would bring out the figure in the maple.

Any thoughts?

-- Roman


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#1 posted 06-11-2016 01:28 PM

Thinned poly mixed with dye for color. This may help http://lumberjocks.com/OSU55/blog/81642.

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#2 posted 06-11-2016 04:28 PM

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, dye isn’t an option for me so I’m limited to what I have in the shop (essentially what I mentioned in my first post), and whatever is available at the hardware store in town. Polyurethane on its own does an okay job of bringing out the figure in the curly maple (on test pieces). I love how linseed oil made butternut look and I’m leaning towards using a few coats of a poly, mineral oil, linseed oil blend at the moment.

-- Roman

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#3 posted 06-11-2016 06:12 PM

Why is dye not an option? Mixing directly into the thinned poly then wiping it on will bring out grain as well as anything else except for a 2 color-2-step dye application. I guess if you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for some powdered dye to ship, but you would have it for the next time.

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#4 posted 06-11-2016 06:35 PM

I just don’t have any dye at the moment. The trucks are for kids, so it wouldn’t matter to them. Although, one truck will be completed this weekend and I want to show it off to coworkers and customers this coming week. I really need to add to my stock of finishes, with dyes, shellac, and others.

I guess I just want to get the most out of what I currently have in the shop for this particular project.

-- Roman

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