Help with lightening up figured walnut.

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Forum topic by riooso posted 07-31-2012 03:25 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2012 03:25 PM

I have some highly figured and burled walnut that I have sliced and am using as veneer. I have been using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal which a Tung oil and urethane resin. I don’t use any stain in the process.

The walnut comes out very dark and I would appreciated some help figuring out a way to end up with more of the walnut grain showing. Either I need to lighten before finishing or go to a different finish but even a coat of just Poly-urethane is quite dark.

Thanks in advance,

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 04:20 PM

Be aware that walnut will lighten with age. I wouldn’t do anything but let it age well. Oil based finishes will “amber” the wood. Water based won’t.


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#2 posted 07-31-2012 04:50 PM

Thanks for the tip.


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#3 posted 07-31-2012 04:53 PM

Super-blonde shellac is very transparent and ambering is
not noticeable. Oils always darken wood in my experience.

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 05:10 PM

As Bill said walnut lightens with are but it you want it to lighten up now you can place your wood in direct sunlight,but you must keep a close eye on it.

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 05:30 PM

How long would it take on 100 Degree low humidity heat to lighten Walnut?


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