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Forum topic by markswoodcraft posted 403 days ago 564 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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markswoodcraft

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403 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question maple finishing wood conditioner finish

Hi Everyone,

I am working on a valet box made of maple, and I was wondering if you can use wood conditioner as a finish.
It is oil based. This project wouldn’t receive a lot of hard use. I used it on a scrap piece and it looked good, but i was wondering the long term durability of it.

Thanks,
Mark


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redSLED

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#1 posted 403 days ago

Dinner table durability – no. Picture frame – sure, why not – but the wood will still look a little raw if you’re fine with that (no sheen option).

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#2 posted 403 days ago

Sand and add another coat. Practicing on scrap first should give you a good
idea how it will look.

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#3 posted 402 days ago

It depends. Do the directions on the label instruct you to apply the stain shorty after you apply the conditioner? If so, your conditioner may simply be a slow-evaporating solvent like mineral spirits. This would simply evaporate, leaving nothing on the wood. If you’re told to allow the conditioner to dry and then lightly sand the surface, then your conditioner is likely a very thin finish. In that case, you could use it as your finish. It won’t be terribly durable, though.

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 402 days ago

I’ve done it and it works fine. Wood conditioner is just thinned finish.

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#5 posted 401 days ago

What’s the point of not using a real finish?

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Rick M.

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#6 posted 401 days ago

In my case, I used the conditioner on a turned piece that wasn’t sanding smooth, something funny about the grain, it was fuzzy. The sealer looked good and was in front of me so I just used it as a final finish.

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