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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 11-30-2016 12:34 AM 553 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2016 12:34 AM

I am getting ready to make a bookshelf and coffee table for a customer, both out of Pine to match the cabinets and tongue and groove in their condo. I only have pictures to go by and it doesn’t appear there is any stain on the wood only a clear coat of some kind that has slightly darkened it.

They dont want a glossy finish, but obviously I need to do something to protect the items and to match the other items as close as possible.

I was considering Minwax Polycrylic water based or Semi Gloss Polyurethane.

Has anyone had experience with these or other products on natural pine , do they both darken the wood slightly like a Helmsman and how does it hold up. Does the polycrylic brake down faster over time?

Thank you for any input.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 02:25 AM

How big are the pieces? I really hate polycrylic or any of the junk they sell at Home Depot or lowes.
But if you have to get something from them I would suggest Deft spray laquer.Its really easy to use follow the directions on the can.But only if your pieces are not too big.


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#2 posted 12-01-2016 04:13 AM

I like a Danish rubbed oil on pine. Daly’s Ben Matte is the one I have used, but Watco makes one too.

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 06:49 AM

Check out some stuff called OSMO, easy to apply and safe, a hard wax finish.

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 07:20 AM

There’s a posibiity that the existing pieces were coated with a shelac which can turn a bit yellow over time. I suggest that you rub a small bit of water on your new pine to see the colour and see if it comes close to matching the existing cabinets.
I also suggest that you first use a wood conditioner followed by a light pine stain and follow up with a satin finish.
Food for thought. :)

-- DavidMack, Saint John, NB

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 01:56 PM

If the original cabinets do not have stain but have been darkened, it probably from an oil base varnish or possibly an under coat of BLO which gives pine a bit of an amber tone. I would consider using an oil based poly for at least the coffee table top as it is the most durable of finishes.

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 02:06 PM

Thanks for all the input. I have done some test pieces and seems the minwax poly clear semi gloss (2 coats, sanding with 600 grit after first coat) is going to work. Leaves a smooth finish and darkens the pine just enough to pull out the knots but not all the wood.
Thanks for all the tips.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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