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Topic tags/keywords: question cherry oak finishing

Hello! This is my project, I make ship models. I have very big problem with finishing of the wood . I try so much things and didn’t like the result. Everything is with some yellow color that is not what I want. And the pores are so visible, I think that is too much for this project. I have so many products , , and i don’t know how to make right combination. Or maybe this are not right products , I don’t know. The variants that have are two light or dark to be down , , , I need a advice how to reach this effect to the oak . With what kind of products,methods, what is the technology to reach this kind of effects?

This is how the colors look like now Thank you for reading :)

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#1 posted 149 days ago

I think you need a sealer. I also have built models and was never happy until I used a sealer of some sort. Even BLO works good but takes a long time to dry.

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#2 posted 149 days ago

Perhaps a pore filler like Timbermate?

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#3 posted 148 days ago

The color will darken somewhat regardless of the finish, but a waterborne poly will darken the least and doesn’t have a yellow cast.

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#4 posted 146 days ago

Thank you about answers :) I will read , and research your suggestions :), if is possible for you to show me some pictures of the effects , this will be very helpful for me. Thank you.

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#5 posted 143 days ago

if you use an oil finish you can put it on and sand it with 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper while wet, as soon as you apply it, and it will somewhat fill the pores with the slurry it makes. it is best to practice on some scrap for sure. don’t practice on your finished piece, it is very nice. if you want a non yellowing finish try lacquer, spray can should be good for that size. Try a couple of coats of lacquer, 0000 steel wool and then apply a coat of wax on a scrap piece. you can even get colored waxes.

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