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Forum topic by Tedster posted 05-10-2012 06:08 AM 1057 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2012 06:08 AM

I use straight wax when I want to avoid darkening the wood, but are there other choices?

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 07:08 AM

Yeah, wax.

Super-blonde shellac doesn’t shift color much.

The various higher-grade poly’s like Varathane Elite are
less cloudy than lower grade polys. The average person
can’t see the difference but all poly is a bit cloudy. Still,
the color shift is insignificant. Clarity is hard to judge
as well and my perception of Varathane Elite as more
clear than Minwax poly may be my own fantasy.

Then there’s lacquer.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 07:24 AM

My lacquering is limited to spray cans :) but my projects are all small items so that is an option. Thanks for the tips on poly.

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 04:27 PM

Depends on the wood, BLO on Maple and Pine only bring out a soft yellow tinge.

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 04:36 PM

I have had great success with rattle can lacquer and recently Deft has come out with a new can(blue in color vs. green) I thought to myself, there will be no difference. I was wrong that new can spays almost as well as HVLP IMHO.

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 08:25 PM

Osmo Polyx oil clear is as transparent as you can get. Acrylic varnishes won’t impart an amber hue either.
I have sprayed a clear matt acrylic varnish straight out of the tin with my HVLP sprayer and the finish was perfect.

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#6 posted 05-11-2012 03:26 PM

Thanks for the tips, everybody. I’m going to look into all these options as time allows. Wish I had the space for an HVLP setup.. maybe one day :). Top of my list is trying out the new Deft spray-can lacquer (HawkDiver) that I didn’t know about.

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 04:37 PM

I have been using Deft Clear Wood Finish since discovering it back in the early 80’s. Clear lacquer (and now available in water base). Dries fast and makes for a good looking finish. I used it previously to seal wood craft projects that my wife had painted patterns on with acrylic paints. No runs, discoloration or anything.

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#8 posted 05-11-2012 04:38 PM

Any varnish or spar.

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#9 posted 05-11-2012 04:56 PM

Water based poly doesn’t change the color much, about what the wood looks like when you wet it with water.

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#10 posted 05-11-2012 05:15 PM

Water based poly for sure.

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 10:30 PM

Crystalac water borne poly. No color at all.

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