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Forum topic by Mark Shultz posted 11-15-2013 02:37 AM 572 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shultz

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11-15-2013 02:37 AM

I’m putting a walnut bench atop our shoe storage in our new mudroom area. while the walnut glue up has sat in the basement unfinished, my wife has fallen in love with its light cream color, and almost purplish undertones. when i put water on it to test my sanding, the color darkens considerably – quite nicely in my opinion, but too dark for my wife’s preferences.

Can anyone recommend a finishing technique that isn’t going to darken the color?


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Texcaster

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 03:20 AM

Blonde shellac won’t change it much.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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Mark Shultz

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 12:01 AM

Thanks Tex. Other suggestions?

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 12:26 AM

CAB (aka water-white) lacquer would well, provided that you have the ability to spray your finishes. Otherwise, a waterborne finish would probably work really well. They dry very clear and impart little in the way of colour to the wood.

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 12:37 AM

Take a look at Target's EM9000.

Also, be aware that walnut will lighten in color over time with exposure to light.

-- Art

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 01:07 AM

Waterborne poly.

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#6 posted 11-16-2013 01:16 AM

You might try filling the pores with something on the lighter
side. Seal with the blondest shellac you can get, or like
Clint says, a waterborne poly. Do some tests.

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DeltaDaddy

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#7 posted 11-16-2013 01:35 AM

I’m with Art, Walnut lightens considerably with exposure to sunlight. I just finished my stair project about 7 months ago and the walnut post at the bottom near the door is lightening up quite a bit. so are my window Jam extensions. I just used pre cat. laquer

-- Take it apart to see how it works

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