Non-yellowing finish for white pine ceiling?

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Forum topic by bringitonhome posted 07-18-2010 02:22 AM 19352 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2010 02:22 AM

Hi folks-
can someone recommend a topcoat that I can use for a white pine ceiling that won’t yellow? I understand pine yellow with age, but I’d like to preserve the natural color for as long as possible.
I tested some general finishes arm-r-seal polyurethane – yellow right out of the can. Popped the grain beautifully though…

any advice greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 02:51 AM

Satin finish :Minwax – poly acrylic works quite nice. Can be costly.
Some people use a solution of white paint thinned out real thin, wipe it off quiclky. I think the process is called “Pickling” Try it on scraps first,

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 09:24 AM

Pine wood has yellow color base. That is the color. I don’t think the yellowing in your finish will affect the color of your finish.
But anyway You can do with a non yellowing lacquer (cellulose acetate butyrate clear coating or acrylic clear coating) to prevent yellowing in your finish.
You also can use a non yellowing polyurethane clear coat.

Good luck



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#3 posted 07-18-2010 09:36 AM

yup, the thing i found that alters or yellows the least the natural color of the wood is clear acrylic varnish. makes the wood look like it is when it is wet.
i love pine and the way it looks when un treated, but once you treat it it changes completely from almost white to deep yellow. thats why i generally use a finish with a light oak stain, makes it look alot richer and not as agressive as the usual yellow color you get with regular varnisches.

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 10:38 AM

Minwax, water based polyurethane works best for me. The oil based version will yellow the wood some, but the water base seems to be more clear.

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 02:42 PM

You could use Minwax waterbased Polycrylic. It will give you a clear finish, however, pine natuarally turns a bit yellow over time.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 03:36 PM

What Wayne said.

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 02:55 AM

ok i picked up some polycrylic. threw on two test coats – so far so good. Only a little yellowing.

Regarding the yellowing – I happened to come across some 50+ year old knotty pine scraps from another part of the house we demo’d. It was a dark, dark orange. No idea what it had been treated with. Will all pine eventually turn that dark? Even if it is sealed?

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 03:08 AM

I 4th polycrylic!

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 03:12 AM

Yes, pine will usually turn yellow over time no matter what is applied for a sealer. The light will actually darken it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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