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RussellAP

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500 days ago

I was wondering if there is a furniture sealer I can get that does not change the color of endgrain.
My latest project includes this curly maple which I turned the wrong way. It was a chunk of firewood but had some possibilities and some curl. Anyway, I’m left with end grain and I want to seal it but I don’t want it to turn dark on me.

Any idea’s?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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WoodyG

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#1 posted 500 days ago

My first thought is High Gloss spray lacquer. You will find out pretty quick and if it works then you can go
in a different direction should you not want a hgih gloss finish? I tell you I use wax alot anymore but I seal
and put a finsh on first then I grab the olde Briwax. Good Luck, let us know how that maple looks so dark
before you have a finish on it?

-- WoodyG

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 500 days ago

It just came off the lathe that way Woody. I was thinking a spray can of some lacquer or just use some Charles Neil on it and buff it out. I need to seal up that end grain with something that wont soak in.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 500 days ago

Any finish you put on it will change the look,some more than others because your dealing with end grain.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 500 days ago

Jim, that’s my point. I wonder if the spray cans of lacquer will seal without discoloration if I do lots of very light coats?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 500 days ago

A water borne finish like crystalac super premium will not change the color.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 500 days ago

Hopefully you’ll have some off fall pieces to practice on.
Sure does look nice Russell.

I’ve had good luck with wipe on poly.

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RussellAP

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#7 posted 500 days ago

You guys know what? This is Elm, not curly maple. I got both the same day and not being a tree expert, I thought I grabbed the maple. Sure did smell good while I was turning it though. Does elm smell good?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Wdwerker

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#8 posted 500 days ago

Water based finishes will be your best choice.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Cosmicsniper

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#9 posted 500 days ago

Spray shellac, lacquer, or water-borne film finish is your best bet. Glue sizing is another possibility.

Regardless, sand to about 100 zillion grit to help block saturation.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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