Sealing Maple before Danish oil finish

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Forum topic by danoaz posted 04-25-2013 02:38 PM 1848 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2013 02:38 PM

This is actually a continuation of recommendations from you guys to use a Golden Oak Watco Danish oil finish on maple cabinets so that I can match existing kitchen cabinets. I am having a heck of a time figuring out the trick to seal the wood so it isn’t so blotchy but not seal it so much that it really doesn’t take the oil finish like I want. I have tried diluting Zinsser’s Bull’s Eye Shellac but I am not finding the right mix. Is there a trick or mix or another product that can seal but not so much as to prevent the finish from working?

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 02:45 PM

I’m afraid that’s a futile effort with oil on maple. You would typically match color in that situation by using dyes in the finish (called a toner). Or, by something that stays atop the wood, like a gel stain.

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 02:46 PM

Did you use the Seal Coat shellac?
It is a 2 pound cut, and I often dilute it 50/50 with DNA to make a 1 pound cut solution.


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