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Forum topic by Bugzy posted 07-15-2014 07:39 PM 934 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2014 07:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing paste wax moisture question tip

I need a little help…...truth be told A LOT of help.

I’m new to the site and apologize if this has been asked previously. I just finished a nice pine bed and finished with a combination of minwax oil based stains. We really like the look of the unfinished wood so we used a minwax finishing paste and we really are happy with the finished look as it doesn’t have a very stong sheen to it. Does anyone know of a product that will offer this low sheen (matte) finish that would be suitable for a bathroom piece. I am framing some builders mirrors (frameless) for our bathrooms.

I live in Ontario (Canada) and can’t seem to find a matte finish at the big box stores and the one i did ‘Varathane Premium Diamond finsh’ i can’t find any information about anywhere on the web. Its not even on Rust-o-leums sites .com or .ca

Anyone have any good advice to preserve the wood without giving a satin or gloss finish?
Is paste wax suitable for a high moisture area like a bathroom?

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 07:57 PM

I personally wouldn’t use Minwax Finishing paste on anything that doesn’t have a true finish on it. I think it is just a wax that will wear and mar in no time. It doesn’t really protect the wood.

I use different types of Poly Urethane. If you like Minwax, I think it comes in a low sheen finish. You can hit it with a piece of 600 grit sand paper and get rid of any shine.

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 12:39 AM

All of the redwood in my bathroom is finished with boiled linseed oil and has held up great. Even the towel and washcloth racks show no signs of water damage.

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