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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 06-20-2016 12:13 AM 533 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2016 12:13 AM

Need recommendations for finish for hard maple that won’t turn the wood yellow. Built a table so need something durable.


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#1 posted 06-20-2016 12:23 AM

I know how you feel most will eventually turn maple yellow esp oil.
I used Generals water based lacquer for a hard maple desk I made for a Asin couple.Its passed they loved it.
If you need a harder finish for drinks and food service,of beer drinking Ruffins.Then go with conversion varnish.

Good Luck

Aj

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#2 posted 06-20-2016 12:25 AM

Wax or soap.

Read Krenov. Maybe you can sell the client on soap.

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#3 posted 06-20-2016 01:19 AM

Forgot to mention that I don’t have a sprayer.

What about water based poly?

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 02:29 AM



Forgot to mention that I don t have a sprayer.

What about water based poly?

- yellowtruck75

Get the 9.99 purple gun from Harbor Freight. It will do just fine for spraying a table.

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#5 posted 06-20-2016 03:22 AM

Yeah, the newer waterborne poly’s are pretty nice. Good
enough for guitars is probably good enough for a table..

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#6 posted 06-20-2016 03:48 AM

I think the water based poly will do fine. I’d also agree with Alaskaguy, about the sprayer. Those sprayers are priced so they are nearly disposable. They do a good job and you only need a med sized compressor and a fan. However my first choice would be a lacquer.

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#7 posted 06-20-2016 06:54 AM

waterbase poly, acrylic lacquer or blonde shellac

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#8 posted 06-20-2016 11:36 AM

The waterborne finishes will not yellow, they are colorfast. That said, some of them have a colorant in them to mimic the look of oil based finishes, so do your homework on the chosen product. Bear in mind, the wood itself will darken over time and your client might want to blame your finish for the change.

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