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Forum topic by David8822 posted 08-17-2014 01:56 AM 840 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2014 01:56 AM

I am looking for suggestions for a finish on a translucent wood turning. The wood is very thin and I want to allow as much light to pass through the wood as possible and still protect the wood.

The wood moves a lot. Up to a 1/4 inch. So the finish has to be flexible enough to allow for that. I was thinking about some kind of oil/varnish blend. But I don’t have a lot of finishing experience and it costs too much to buy a bunch of different finishes just to test with. I was hoping some one on here could lead me in the right direction.

Some considerations:
Clear finish or nearly so. An oil may darken the wood slightly but it might also seep into the wood and make it more translucent.
Flat or satin sheen to allow the light to pass threw without being reflected like a gloss finish.
Possibly some UV protection. Would UV protection reduce the translucency?
Allows for wood movement.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 01:56 PM

Consider bees wax and test it on something before applying it. Melt the wax, apply and buff.


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#2 posted 08-18-2014 12:27 AM

jinx beat me to it. Sounds like buffed wax is your best bet. Check out the Beal Buffing System.

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#3 posted 08-19-2014 06:27 AM

Or maybe Danish rubbed oil, wet sanded.

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 08:06 AM

I still like the wipe-on Polyacrylic. It is crystal clear and if thinned a little, it dries very transparent and fast. A lot of my projects are 6/4 and transparency is not an issue.

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 12:18 PM

Rattlecan lacquer.

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