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Forum topic by khetani posted 03-15-2017 04:13 AM 308 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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khetani

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03-15-2017 04:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mango slab wood slab finish oil based finish

hi
I am new to the forum and am working on making a Mango Slab coffee table. The slab is 33-35” in diameter and is 3.25” thick. I have sanded it to a 400 Grit and can go higher if needed.
At this point i am confused on the type of finish I should use. I have previously worked on MonkeyPod slabs and have used General Finishes Exterior 450 Water Based Topcoat and it brings out the natural color of the wood and is silky smooth to the touch after drying.

For the mango slab I am looking for similar results but I am confused as I dont know which finish will make the colors pop in it. I have googled on what other folks use but have not been successful in getting a good answer (maybe i did not look hard enough). I know oil based products will give a yellow / amber tint which I generally tend to avoid as I like the natural colors, plus it gives that oil type tacky touch. On the net I see finished mango slabs have that yellow tint to it – is that from oil based products ? or any particular waxes, etc ?

I am looking for a product that will help the colors pop and has the smooth touch to it. I will be very grateful to anyone who can point me in the right direction regarding finishes and process steps i can use to make my coffee table. I have researched on Odie’s Oil and other products but keep getting mixed reviews.

Hoping to hear back from the experts here soon.

thanks
Kash


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OSU55

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#1 posted 03-15-2017 12:01 PM

This might help you with oil finishes. Plain old poly would work very well, personally I like Minwax ob poly – had great success with it.

I know oil based products will give a yellow / amber tint which I generally tend to avoid as I like the natural colors, plus it gives that oil type tacky touch. What products? Varnishes cure hard and won’t be tacky and are oil based.

Waterborne finishes leave wood kind of lifeless – no shimmer or chatoyance. Platina shellac is almost clear and will give great chatoyance, and can be topcoated with waterborne.

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