Problems finishing spalted Sycamore

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Forum topic by Jon Anderson posted 07-31-2012 05:26 AM 1678 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jon Anderson

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07-31-2012 05:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted sycamore finishing problem

I have two test pieces of spalted sycamore. I’m using to test for my table , I was told they are hard to finish. this is what I’ve done so far, On one I used Minwax wood finish as a sealer coat and the other I used cut Polyurethane cut with 50% mineral spirits for the other sealer coat on the other peice, then I proceeded to rub the 50-50 poly hand rubbed on 1/2 of each piece, the other half I used straight brushed poly. I have 5 coats on each piece , hand applied and brushed and I still have dry spots on the wood. What should I do , my thoughts are switching to lacquer , if that would do any better on finishing or I guess just keep on apply more brushed poly, hoping that it will finally cover. Any Ideas are welcome

-- jbander

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 05:48 AM

Light wash coat of shellac to fill in the pores and lightly sand then finish over the top, you’ll want to get as clear a shellac as you can.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 06:13 AM

Russ nailed it.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 08:29 PM

Strip it and refinish with waterborne poly.

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 02:03 AM

Waterborne poly REALLY raises the grain on sycamore (and not just on the first coat). Just a warning.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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