Finish for aspen while keeping it white?

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05-13-2014 10:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: aspen finish white

Any tips on the best way to protect aspen while keeping it as white as possible? Spray on lacquer? It will be for a jewelry box so heavy use or adverse conditions are not an issue.

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 10:15 PM

You want a water white clear coat.
Crystalac super premium and general finishes enduro clear poly are two excellent choices. Crystalac is hard to get at the moment so I switched to the enduro clear poly. It will probably be my go-to finish from now on.

Both clear coats mentioned above dry crystal clear and stay that way, so no color change.

Both are waterborne, so you also get the benefits of low voc, easy clean up and fast drying times.

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 01:08 AM

+1 for water-based. I’ve used GF water-based poly and it is crystal clear.

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 01:30 AM

Rattlecan lacquer. It’s a no-brainer.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 04:05 AM

Count, I was under the impression lacquer yellows over time?

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 05:26 AM

A waterborne finish or a water-white CAB lacquer would work well here

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#6 posted 05-14-2014 06:36 AM

Lacquer is color neutral if you want it to stay white.

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#7 posted 05-14-2014 06:38 AM

Water based poly from here also

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 05-14-2014 04:52 PM

I would use clear shellac, which imparts almost no color to poplar. I think aspen would finish equally well with clear shellac.

You could also try non-yellowing lacquer such as Rudd Duracat.

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#9 posted 05-14-2014 04:56 PM

White Paint.
Seriously. Really.
That’ll keep it white.


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#10 posted 05-14-2014 04:57 PM

I’d pick clear shellac too.

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#11 posted 05-14-2014 04:59 PM

Ah, the answer’s clarity is stark. All I need to do is use water based poly, lacquer, shellac, or paint. I can’t go wrong! :) I’ll probably use water-based poly since I have some and have a little experience with it. Now I just have to build the box…

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#12 posted 05-14-2014 05:08 PM

Waterbased poly. Clear, easy to apply

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#13 posted 05-16-2014 08:51 PM

What would you use to keep the wood as white as possible on an exterior application where it will see heavy use?

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#14 posted 05-16-2014 10:10 PM

Nitro lacquer will yellow over time, yes. Acrylic lacquer won’t as easily.

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