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Forum topic by kimosawboy posted 06-07-2013 04:38 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-07-2013 04:38 PM

I’m looking for a finish that would minimize darkening on the end grain of a large piece of wood. At present (sanded to 320) the color is almost white with flecks of silver, any finish that I have tested has turned it a light golden color with flecks of black.
I have thought about using an ammonia tent to lighten it more so and then try some finishes but I’m not sure that would even work.
Possible a white wash of sorts.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
G Vavra

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 05:29 PM

You want a water borne advertised as “water white”. They impart no color whatsoever to the wood. It’s as if you were pouring water on the project.

I like crystalac super premium from mcfeely’s.

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 05:32 PM

Water based would be the choice for zero color, but that sometimes means lifeless color. I would try clear shellac, or clear sealcoat shellac.
The Zinssner brand adds almost no color.

I sprayed it on some poplar drawers, and it almost looked unfinished. If you decide on shellac, make sure to get the clear variety (as opposed to amber shellac). You can see in the rear dovetail joints (poplar on poplar) that it does darken end grain a little bit.

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