Finishing Spalted sycimore

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Forum topic by Jon Anderson posted 07-25-2012 05:31 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jon Anderson

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07-25-2012 05:31 AM

This is what I’ve read so far, it yellows often when finished , it can have dry spots when finished. This is what I want to do, I have a spalted sycimore telephone table that needs finishing, I love the grain and the spalting , and the coloring and I want to enhance that . What I’ve read so far, is that you want to seal coat it first with multiple coats , reaplying on the dry spots until a even sheen is previlent , Using waxless Shellac or wood sealer, then finish coat with clear laquer or varnish. I have a golden shelaq flake that I can mix up . I also have brushing laquer but don’t like the surface I get with a brush . Shoul I /could I use the brushing laquer and spray it on?

-- jbander

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Gerald Thompson

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 09:19 PM

I use Charles Neil’s blotch control. Google his name and buy it from his site. Deft makes a spray lacquer. You will need more coats as it is thinner than others. CN’s product does not add any color/tone to the wood. Just follow the instructions. I am a happy user of his product.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 07-25-2012 09:35 PM

Forget the shellac, forget the conditioner, and all the other concoctions purporting to be necessary. Oil poly or nitrocellulose lacquer will self “seal” as well as impart a warming tone. Waterborne poly or acrylic lacquer are water white if you want to keep the wood uber natural.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 04:51 PM

Thanks for the response , when using the minwax wood finish they suggest using a final Polyurethane finish over the top of it. I used it just by itself on a large grandmother clock and just left it it ,seems to be holding its own for about 10 years now. But I wanted a dry finish on the clock. I want a semi gloss on this table. When you used the Minwax wood Finnish dip you poly over it. My table has end grain spalted sycamore that I need to finnish. My research says that first sycamore is hard to finish doesn’t go on evenly it’splotchy and end grain wood when finished can be splotchy even more. some suggest a seal coat to keep it more even. What I want to do is use oil based Polyurethane with a percentage of Linseed oil mixed with mineral spirits to make it a rub on finish and put as many coats as I need for the finish I’m looking for and blochyness I’ll concentration more finish on those parts until it is even. but should I use the Minwax first is my concern.

-- jbander

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