Walnut Burl trim finish (heat tolerant )

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 08-07-2010 12:40 AM 1414 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2010 12:40 AM

I’m planning to replace the walnut burl trim on the dash board of my 1988 Mercedes 560 SL. I’ve had the car for 22 years and it’s in mint condition. However, the original walnut burl trim is chipping and warping/curling and pulling away from the dash. I’m planning to attach new walnut veneer to a thin brass substrate to provide a good warp free foundation in a vacuum bag and I think that will do the trick. The thickness of the substrate along with the thickness of the veneer is just right for the recess on the dash to make the veneer flush with the metal trim of the dash (lucky). My question is on finish. I want to duplicate the high gloss finish on the original burl. I live in Southern California so the interior of the car can get very hot in the California sun although I can’t say just how hot.

What type of high gloss clear top coat would withstand the heat? I have spray equipment and am thinking lacquer but someone mentioned an epoxy clear coat. I only want to do this once and plan to keep the car till the end of my time (25 years?) so a top coat that will last is important. Do any of you finishing experts have any experience with this challenge? Recommendations?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 10:31 PM

I checked the ‘Unanswered Topics In Woodworking Skil Share’ and I see that it has been 147 days that you posted your question. If you are still looking for a finish that will take the heat inside your car, check this out:

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 11:38 PM


If you’re still looking, try a GOOD high gloss marine varnish. Not spar varnish, bur MARINE VARNISH The most expensive you can get. Look for EPIPHANES. It is good enoug for ocean-going yachts, it should be good enough for your land yacht. Good thing, it won’t take very much.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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