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Forum topic by KenBry posted 10-31-2011 06:19 PM 1796 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KenBry

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10-31-2011 06:19 PM

I have this real nice Claro walnut that I am going to be using as an end table top. I need to finish it and want to have it durable as well as get the grain to “POP”. I am really unsure what to do with this.

Since I am a total NOOB to finishing fine woods, I had read that using Shelac then Varnish was a nice finish, but I am open to any other ideas.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.


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#1 posted 11-02-2011 02:31 PM

go with a good oil like Arm R Seal from general finishes, it is a urethane and very durable, it also dries well, you can either use it as a total finish and it will definately “pop”, or let it dry and do a good Waterbourn or other topcoat, Claro can be a little porus, so for me the oil then a good film finish that I can work into the grain and sand back to create a nice level surface is my typical process.,

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 01:29 AM

Thanks very much, I just read about Arm R Seal somewhere else and was thinking that might work well.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 01:47 PM

Enduro Var is an excellent choice, and the Arm R Seal dries fast and the Endurovar can be used over it in 24 hours, so you have your pop and a good durable topcoat,

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