need help adding clear finish to soft wood

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Forum topic by ssull4167 posted 07-16-2012 01:12 PM 1278 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2012 01:12 PM

Im wondering if anybody has experience putting on a clear finish on pine and cedar. I dont want to stain it i just want to put a clear finish. Whats the best product to use laquer , poly , sparurethane, waterbasepoly, etc and what is the best procedure. Is there better brands of these products and if so whats the best. Thanks for the input. It will be kept indoors and is a jewelry box.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 01:31 PM

You left a lot unanswered. Indoor, outdoor, high use, water exposure, etc.
all that still hangin, seal it with dewaxed shellac, sand lightly to knock off the nibs, dust off, then apply the appropriate finish to meet the needs of the piece.


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#2 posted 07-16-2012 09:50 PM

I make a lot of cedar boxes and I apply a coat of Deft sanding sealer and sand it smooth. Then a coat of Deft lacquer, or two and sand smooth. I then apply a coat or two of a triple thick acrylic spray I get at Walmart. All these finishes are fast drying.

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 10:07 PM

I like three or four coats of clear shellac, then rub with four aught steel wool and paste wax. It will be a finish that feels nice in your hands, not plastic like poly.

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 10:08 PM

Check out Deft Clear Wood Finish. I have been using it since the 1980’s. It doesn’t change the color of the finish. Brush or spray. Dries fast.

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