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Forum topic by riooso posted 759 days ago 591 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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riooso

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759 days ago

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,
Richard


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Bill White

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#1 posted 759 days ago

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.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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riooso

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#2 posted 759 days ago

Thanks for the tip.

R

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Loren

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#3 posted 759 days ago

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

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 759 days ago

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.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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riooso

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#5 posted 759 days ago

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

R

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