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tr888

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553 days ago

I am a complete newb and would like to know how to get a very pale yellowish/whitish/light-straw/gold color on oak. The linked picture is pretty close to reality, at least on my monitor, though I know monitors can vary.


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#1 posted 553 days ago

Golden oak staini/finish too dark?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 553 days ago

On my monitor that looks almost like a natural red oak color. Try a couple of coats of Minwax clear satin poly on a test piece. One spray can is enough for a test. I find the Minwax Golden Oak too yellow.

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404 - Not Found

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#3 posted 553 days ago

It looks like a clear finish here also. Try wiping a piece of your oak with white spirit (mineral spirit) – it will give an indication of what it will look like with a clear finish on it.

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#4 posted 553 days ago

My vote would be clear as well.

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#5 posted 553 days ago

Minwax Golden oak. Sand the oak to 120 grit then stain. Let it dry completely and steel wool with 0000. Then do another coat of stain. Let it set in for a few minutes before wiping. This will make the grain really pop. Then you can add your clear coats. 5 to 6 coats of solvent based finish or 8 to 10 coats of water based. Light sand between coats with 240 to 300 grit sand paper.

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#6 posted 553 days ago

Clear coat.

I might suggest using bronze wool as steel wool may leave fibers that
can rust.

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#7 posted 553 days ago

Good point.

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#8 posted 553 days ago

Thanks Ross, I learned that on this site and can’t remember who to give credit to.

Anyhow, Ebay seems to be the most cost effective way to purchase bronze wool.
I purchased some that were graded fine and it works great.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bronze-Wool-3-Pad-Pack-Fine-/380316364516?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588c9f2ee4

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#9 posted 552 days ago

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. I’ve ordered some bronze wool, and am going to look at some oak tomorrow at a small saw mill about 30 minutes away that was recommended to me.

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